SOCS4100 Honours Research Skills

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Anthropology and Sociology; Archaeology; Asian Studies; Communication and Media Studies; Law and Society; Linguistics; Political Science and International Relations [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
  • Honours core unit in Business Law [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
This unit consists of a weekly seminar with an honours coordinator. Some of the seminar sessions examine major aspects of developing a research project (in this case the honours dissertation): formulating a research question in relation to existing knowledge; developing a formal research proposal; supporting claims; structuring the dissertation; and advanced academic style. Students have the opportunity early in the semester to receive feedback on their draft research proposal from their peers in a supportive environment.
Students are able to (1) describe the research process in its various phases; (2) apply strong conceptual skills; (3) critically evaluate and synthesise existing knowledge/theories; (4) identify appropriate research methods to address different research questions; (5) identify the requirements of ethical research; (6) locate resources in their field and demonstrate their skills in building bibliographies; (7) apply advanced skills in oral presentations and academic writing; and (8) demonstrate high levels of competency in independent research in preparation for possible postgraduate studies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal—written and oral presentation; (2) literature review; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Greg Acciaioli
Unit rules
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.