ARTS 3002 - Advanced Arts Research Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course provides an opportunity for BA (Advanced) students to complete a unique research project relating to one or both of their major disciplines. The main assignment for this course consists of an extended essay on a question identified by the student in negotiation with academics in their chosen subject areas. The essay should achieve a standard in content and presentation appropriate to that expected from students who may be aspiring to continue active research at Honours level and beyond. Students' work will be supported through a weekly seminar or other structured learning activities (e.g. online resources designed to assist in the development of high level skills in self-evaluation of work) and through active input from academic mentors.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 3002
    Course Advanced Arts Research Project
    Coordinating Unit Arts, Business, Law and Economics Faculty Office
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
    Restrictions Available to BA(Adv) final year students only
    Quota A quota of 30 applies
    Assessment Research Project, Seminar Presentation, Research Proposal
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Margaret O'Hea

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the foundations and history of the major(s) studied
    2 Show a critical understanding of the development of theories and methods in major(s) studied
    3 Demonstrate an ability to apply theoretical principles to particular research problems
    4 Demonstrate an ability to collect, analyse and evaluate relevant information independently
    5 Demonstrate an ability to use creative and innovative solutions to research problems
    6 Examine, articulate and debate their views in small group discussions
    7 Formulate coherent arguments in independently researched written work of a high standard in the chosen major(s)
    8 Show a commitment to life-long learning and awareness of the ethical, social and cultural aspects of material studied as well as their importance for professional contexts
    9 Demonstrate leadership and high standards regarding the responsibilities incumbent upon an academically trained researcher
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course reader or other books as required.
    Recommended Resources
    Resources related to research skills development.
    Online Learning
    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving seminars which will develop lecture material.

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

    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    7 hours independent and group research per week 84 hours per semester
    6 hours seminar preparation per week 72 hours per semester
    7 hours assignment work per week 84 hours per semester
    3 hours additional preparation for final assignment per week 36 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Available upon enrolment.
  • 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 Course Learning Objectives
    Reasearch proposal  Formative and Summative  10% 1,2,3,6,7,8,9
    Literature review  Formative and Summative 10% 2,3,4,5,6,7
    Conference presentation  Formative and Summative 20% 4,5,7
    6000-7000 word essay  Formative and Summative 70% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

    Modified arrangements have been made to assessments and the details provided here reflect recent updates.
    Assessment Task Weighting
    Conference presentation 20%
    Self and peer assessment 10%
    Research essay or report 70%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at weekly seminars is compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Seminar contribution: students are expected to attend and contribute to each seminar - 10% weighting.

    Seminar assignments: students submit assignments in-class - 20% weighting.

    Online exercises: students participate in weekly online exercises - 20% weighting.

    Essay: students submit a 6000-7000 word essay - 50% weighting.
    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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