CHIN 5003 - Research Method and Writing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course is a compulsory core unit in the Masters of Translation and Transcultural Communication program. Research Method and Writing is designed to ensure that you will develop your skills in conducting and writing research in English by investigating a chosen topic of your own specific interest in the area of Chinese cultural and social studies. Topics covered in the course address the following skills, both theoretically and practically: transcultural approaches to education, reflective learning, critical reading, structuring deductive logic, conducting and presenting research in a Western context, and writing argument-based research. As students enrolled in this course, in order to promote your skills development you are required to engage actively in workshop activities, as well as to complete all out-of-class tasks and worksheets as fully and creatively as you can. Each student will advance their previous understanding of the expectations of research writing and will complete a research project (6,000 words) on a topic agreed by the lecturer.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 5003
    Course Research Method and Writing
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge Native or near-native level of Chinese language proficiency
    Assessment In-class activities (30%), presentation (10%), 1,500 word annotated bibliography (10%), 6,000 word research essay (50%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Gregory McCarthy

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 obtain knowledge and understanding of theoretical approaches to the
    globalisation of education
    2 understand the cultural underpinnings of western research paradigms and
    methodologies, and the rhetorical logic in which these are formally expressed
    in speech and writing
    3 frame a research problem and devise appropriate and effective ways of investigating it in contemporary social and cultural studies contexts
    4 appreciate conventional criteria for constructing convincing argument in English
    5 develop critical reading and argument evaluation skills
    6 work cooperatively with others to solve research problems, analyse texts, present findings and critique presentations
    7 engage with, and contribute to, diverse cultural perspectives and academic traditions
    8 develop experience and confidence in participating in public discussion
    9  increase knowledge and competence in deductive essay writing
    10 Acquiring discipline (Asian Studies) specific knowledge and specialised understanding of cross-cultural theories and debates

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4-6, 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-10
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 5-7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 3, 5-6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 3, 5-6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will run as seminars. Students will interrogate and practise theoretical points in activities designed to test and extend their practical application of the demonstrated skill.  The 12-week curriculum is designed to achieve a pedagogy of connection structured on a “control wedge” model which effects a gradual transfer of authority and control from teacher to learner. Writing and argumentation skills are taught by means of a well-established “genre pedagogy” in which scaffolded activities are employed to help students to recognise the difference between their familiar rhetorical structures and the targeted new genres through an articulated series of learning processes (from deconstruction, to group construction and finally independent composition). On-going support is provided within the curriculum by technology of MyUni and the bi-lingual team.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 3-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 36 hours per semester
    7 hours reading per week 84 hours per semester
    8 hours research per week 96 hours per semester
    8 hours assignment preparation per week 96 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1  Introduction: Transcultural approaches to research
    Week 2 Research and research communication: Critical thinking
    Week 3 Research and research communication: Criteria for success
    Week 4 Writing a Research Essay: Logic and argument
    Week 5 Writing a Research Essay: Theoretical framework & Research Question
    Week 6 Writing a Research Essay: Integrating literature
    Week 7 Writing a Research Essay: Structuring
    Week 8 Writing a Research Essay: Reviewing research question
    Week 9 Writing a Research Essay: Reviewing research question
    Week 10 Presentation of Research proposal
    Week 11 Presentation of Research proposal
    Week 12 Reflecting and debriefing: Transcultural approaches to research
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Workshop participation Formative and Summative 25% 1-10
    1500 word Annotated Bibliography Formative and Summative 10% 1,5,9
    Research Presentation Formative and Summative
    6000 word research essay Formative and Summative 55% 1-7, 9-10
    Assessment Detail
    Workshop participation: attendance and participation in workshops, including weekly
    task sheets and workshop exercises - 25% weighting

    1500 word annoted bibliography: annotated bibliography of 5 readings, including a summary of the arguments the student has selected from each work showing why they are relevant to their topic of research (approx 150-200 words each). At least 3 of the annotated bibliographies must be in English - 10% weighting

    Research presentation: conduct a 15 minute presentation on the student's research topic plus lead 20 minutes of discussion - 10% weighting

    6000 word research essay: submit an essay on the research project topic - 55% weighting
    All assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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