ASIA 4004A - Honours Asian Studies Thesis Two Year Continuing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ASIA 4004A Course Honours Asian Studies Thesis Two Year Continuing Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact 1 hour per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) including 12 units of Asian Studies courses or equivalent for non-language students, and 9 units of Asian Studies courses or equivalent plus 6 units of level III Asian language courses. Incompatible ASIA 4003 Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description The dissertation provides each Honours student with the opportunity to undertake an original and independent research project of their own choice. The thesis or dissertation (14,000-16,000 words) is the written document of the research project and its findings. The planning, research and writing of the thesis will help the student to further develop many academic skills, such as research, critical analysis and writing, to a more advanced level than undergraduate studies. For their thesis, students will be supervised by an academic staff member. Supervisors help with the development of the research topic and questions, and provide regular support and feedback for the students. The combination of own independent research with the guidance and support of the academic supervisor is the essential learning and teaching part of this core component of the Asian Studies Honours program.
Course Coordinator: Dr Sejin Pak
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Course Learning OutcomesThe Asian Studies Honours Thesis course represents the culmination of the seminar series and results in the production
of an Honours thesis of 14,000-16,000 words. Course learning objectives for this course are as follows:
1 To develop the capacity to be able to articulate an appropriate and achievable research project for the Honours program in Asian
2 To have the skills to turn the selected topic or issues in Asian Studies into a problem that is suited to the task of writing a
3 To be able to identify and locate relevant material and literature on the topic; 4 To be able to identify key theoretical and conceptual works in Asian Studies in order to critically analyse the topic or issue 5 To develop the skill of articulating a clear, substantiated and theoretically-informed argument in the dissertation; 6 To aid the in addressing a problem or issue in the world of Asian studies through a critical analysis of a case study or issue.
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, 3, 4, 5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 4, 5 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. 1, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThesis writing under supervision.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS 1 hour supervision per week 12 hours pers semester 12 hours research per week 144 hours per semester 11 hours writing per week 132 hours per semester In addition, A further 24 hours in week 13 is expected
in revising and editing the thesis in preparation for submission
24 hours per semester TOTAL 312 hours per semeter
Learning Activities SummaryThesis writing under supervision.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome 14,000–16,000 word
Formative and Summative 100% 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assessment DetailRationale for assessment: The thesis is the culmination of the Honours year and is weighted accordingly.
No information currently available.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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