The Honours Thesis is designed to be an educational experience that gives students the opportunity to conceptualise, design, implement and evaluate a specific research project. Unlike a Masters or Doctoral thesis, the Honours thesis is not expected to, although it may, contribute to a discipline's body of knowledge. The broad aim of the Honours thesis is to promote the development of the student as an independent researcher. The specific aims are to develop and use the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a research project and present a formal written thesis. The student should generally be able to display the resourcefulness and academic rigour required of an independent researcher.

 In this unit students develop research plans in consultation with the supervisor. At the end of this semester, students develop an annotated bibliography of data, literature and methodology that will be the basis for the final semester writing up the finding of the research thesis. This should be approximately 12,000 - 15,000 words in length and is expected to demonstrate a thorough familiarity with the literature in the relevant area, a sound understanding of the relevant concepts and, where appropriate, the application of relevant theory or method and ethics approval.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise some of the diverse methodologies that inform research in the humanities and social sciences in discipline specific contexts  
  2. Prepare a coherent and well-structured research plan for the thesis/exegesis  
  3. Apply the principles of ethical research and understand ethical debates about new research methods  
  4. Extend knowledge in discipline specific literature  
  5. Explicate technical skills to design research project  


Assessment type Description Grade
Annotated Bibliography An annotated bibliography including research data collection as applicable. (equivalent to 4000 words) Pass/Fail

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