HIST 5011EX - Research Project in Food Studies

External - Semester 2 - 2015

This course allows students to pursue, under supervision, an independent research essay of approximately 7500 words through a series of structured tasks designed to allow consolidation of skills and knowledge as well as development of more advanced research skills. The course begins by examining different types of research methods appropriate for topics in food studies (including empirical as well as theoretical approaches) then proceeds to discussion on choosing an appropriate research topic and formulating a research question. By mid-course, students are expected to have selected a research question, and will subsequently produce an annotated bibliography followed by a literature review as milestones toward the final research paper. Students will give a series of verbal presentations at key stages during the development of their research essays in order to get feedback from peers as well as the lecturer. By the end of the course, each student will produce an original research essay on an individually-selected topic relating to food studies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HIST 5011EX
    Course Research Project in Food Studies
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s External
    Units 6
    Contact up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Satisfactory completion of 24 units of coursework in Food Studies with overall average results of 70% or higher
    Restrictions Available to Master of Arts (Food Studies) students only
    Course Description This course allows students to pursue, under supervision, an independent research essay of approximately 7500 words through a series of structured tasks designed to allow consolidation of skills and knowledge as well as development of more advanced research skills. The course begins by examining different types of research methods appropriate for topics in food studies (including empirical as well as theoretical approaches) then proceeds to discussion on choosing an appropriate research topic and formulating a research question. By mid-course, students are expected to have selected a research question, and will subsequently produce an annotated bibliography followed by a literature review as milestones toward the final research paper. Students will give a series of verbal presentations at key stages during the development of their research essays in order to get feedback from peers as well as the lecturer. By the end of the course, each student will produce an original research essay on an individually-selected topic relating to food studies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Rachel Ankeny

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes


    At the end of this course students will:

    1 Access and appropriately utilise a wide range of types of resource materials relating to topics in food studies
    2 Explain and be able to apply the appropriate methodologies for research into topics in food studies
    3 Be able to evaluate and critically analyse key essays in food studies
    4 Successfully pursue independent and original research on a research question selected by them
    5 Be able to give well-constructed and clear verbal presentations on their research topic, methodology, and overall essay
    6 Display well-developed skills of written expression and argumentation which permit them to present a well-constructed, well-argued, and well-researched essay on an individually-selected topic relating to food studies


    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. 1-6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5-6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-2, 4, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be advised via MyUni
    Recommended Resources
    To be advised via MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Online lectures, online tutorials, and assessment tasks are the main modes of learning supplemented by structured learning activities which support building the knowledge and skills which are the main foci of the course.



    Workload

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

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements, and are based on approximations of average workload per week of the semester.  During some parts of the semester, workload may be heavy or lighter.

    Workload Total Hours
    Listening to and/or participating in virtual classroom lectures/tutorials (2 hours/week) 24
    Reading assigned materials for lectures/tutorials (6 hours/week) 72
    Researching and completing online structured learning tasks and assignments (18 hours/week) 216
    TOTAL = 312 HOURS
    Please note that 6-unit courses in HUMSS are designed on the assumption that all learning and assessment activities (including reading/online viewing of materials, postings, and lectures; online tutorials; preparatory work for tutorials/seminars; research and writing of assignments; etc.) will require approximately 312 hours over the course of the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities will be associated with assisting students to select a general research topic or area of interest, and then to investigate this area to identify a scholarly gap in the literature (via a systematic literature review and annotated bibliography) and to propose a research question that can be addressed in a high-quality scholarly essay to be produced by the end of the semester.

  • 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 tasks will include a major research essay, portfolio, and tutorial presentation.
    Assessment Detail
    60%: Research essay (7500 words)
    This component includes production of a literature review and annotated bibliography which contribute
    to the final essay, with deadlines for these tasks to be posted on MyUni

    20%: Tutorial presentation (15 minutes)
    This component includes a powerpoint narrative presentation to be presented during the online tutorial along with answering questions from class members and the instructor, accompanied by written outline on the proposed research topic for the final essay

    20%: Portfolio of responses to structured tasks relating to each week's course topic
    10 entries equal to a total of 2000 words, due on a weekly basis by noon on Friday (details of
    tasks available within MyUni

    Submission
    All assignments must be submitted online through MyUni. For essays and tutorial presentation write-ups, the assignment must be submitted via Turnitin on the MyUni site. A dedicated folder will be established on MyUni for submission of portfolio entries.

    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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