ABORIG 3000 - Indigenous Research Issues: Applied Knowledge

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This capstone course will provide students with the ability to synthesise their learnings within the Indigenous Knowledges and Society major and minor. It will allow students to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency in the areas of Indigenous research, the environment, history, languages and more with a well-developed awareness of alternative worldviews. The focus will be on a placement with work integrated learning that allows the student to use advanced theoretical and technical knowledge within a multidisciplinary and multi-knowledge framework that centres Indigenous knowledges. Students will demonstrate an awareness of Indigenous research methods and protocols and take into account the ethical considerations of working with Indigenous peoples, organisations and communities through their chosen field. Students will work in collaboration with Australian Indigenous peoples developing skills and knowledge to apply as professionals operating in culturally sensitive ways.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ABORIG 3000
    Course Indigenous Research Issues: Applied Knowledge
    Coordinating Unit Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week including online contact
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 15 units of Indigenous Knowledges and Society courses
    Assumed Knowledge An awareness of Indigenous protocols
    Assessment Work Placement and assignments as determined in first Seminar
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kam Kaur

    Dr Kam Kaur
    Course Co-ordinator
    Wirltu Yarlu
    105b, Schulz Building
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1 Work in a non-university professional environment.
    2 Demonstrate theoretical, critical and methodological and disciplinary knowledge relevant to one's area of intellectual interest in a practical form that mirrors professional work.
    3 Develop research and report writing skills and manage and finalise a large research project at an advanced level.
    4 Provide briefs, presentations, progress reports and posters in line with current professional standards with polished writing and other communication skills.
    5 Show an awareness of the ways in which contemporary professional, industry, community or government organisations operate in terms of practical and project research work.
    6 Learn specific cultural protocols that need to be applied when working with a diverse range of Aboriginal communities/organisations.
    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 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital 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 & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be team taught over the semester with contributions from academic staff in the Faculty on how to develop research report writing skills. Using the extensive range of contacts that the Faculty and Wirltu Yarlu has built up with outside host organisations, there will also be presentations delivered by representatives from various organisations on developing a student professional profile and how to enhance career prospects in government and industry, These will be supplemented by presentations from the University Careers Office as well as testimonials from past students in the course, who have graduated and/or progressed to full time employment and/or postgraduate

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

    6 x 2 hour seminar plus preparation per semester

    24 hours per semester

    8-10 hours placement per week

    120 hours per semester

    12 hours research report preparation per week

    144 hours per semester

    12 hours class report and poster preparation per semester

    24 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    This course may be subject to a quota as internship places are limited. Final selection into the course is based on students attaining at least a credit average GPA in the first two years of their relevant degree program.

    Submission of assignments is on-line via MyUni and/or to the course administrator.
    Late submission will only be accepted with prior approval from the course co-ordinator.
    Penalties will apply for late submission without prior approval.
  • 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 Due Weighting Learning Outcomes
    Research project poster Formative or summative Week 11 10% 2, 4
    In-class presentation Formative and Summative Week 13 20% 2, 4
    Final Research report (7,500 words or equivalent) Formative and Summative Mid Nov 70% 1, 3, 5
    Assessment Detail
    students are required to complete and submit an A3 poster summarising their project. Examples of design and layout of posters will be givn during semester.
    Weighting 10%

    In-class presentation:
    students make a 10 minute, succinct verbal presentation of thier research project accompanied by a set of power point slides.
    Weighting 20%

    Final report:
    students submit a report of 7.500-8,000 words or equivalent. Instruction and examples of research and report writing will be given during semester.
    70% weighting
    Submission of assignments is on-line via MyUni and/or to the course administrator.
    Late submission will only be accepted with prior approval from the course co-ordinator.
    Penalties will apply for late submission without prior approval.
    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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