CHIN 7014B - MA(ITTC) Thesis - Advanced Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course (CHIN 7014B Pt 2 ) continues from CHIN 7014A Part 1. It is a compulsory component for the Master of Arts (Interpreting, Translation and Transcultural Communication) Program, and should be undertaken in the final year of study. The course (CHIN 7014A & CHIN 7014B) is studied across two consecutive Semesters and is for those students who wish to proceed to a PhD in the Faculty. Students should consult the Program Convenor In the first instance for possible topics of research. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Department of Asian Studies, students are encouraged to explore the broad range of academic field expertise the Department and the Faculty has to offer, namely Applied Linguistics, Literature, Translation, as well as Cultural Studies, Transcultural Communication, History, Politics and International Studies, and Sociology. In this final Part 2 of the MA(ITTC) Thesis - Advanced course (CHIN 7014B), students will work on their research thesis under the supervision of academic staff in the Department of Asian studies or the Faculty of Arts. The final thesis will be 14,000 ? 16,000 English words in length (including footnotes but excluding the bibliography).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 7014B
    Course MA(ITTC) Thesis - Advanced Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact Up to 1 hour supervision per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites 24 units of core courses and closed research core or electives, CHIN 7014A
    Incompatible CHIN 5007, CHIN 5006, CHIN 7001, CHIN 7002
    Assumed Knowledge CHIN 7014A, EDUC 7054, EDUC 7055
    Restrictions Available only for students in Master of Arts (ITTC)
    Assessment Research Thesis writing 100%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Baohui Xie

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 To extend students’ understanding of the principles underpinning ‘Western’ positivist, & interpretive research

    2 To develop research capacity via one-to one research supervision students to develop the skills required for ‘Western’ research, that is: (1) to understand conventional criteria for success in Western research contexts and (2) to design and conduct a rigorous research dissertation i.e. locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned
    & timely manner.

    3 To facilitate students’ capacity to identify social and cultural problems and to develop effective and creative research solutions by exploring the complexities of communication in a large summative thesis format.

    4 To increase students’ understanding of appropriate scholarly argumentation for international publication, and to develop their ability to write the required genre for publishing their research through group and principally individual manuscript writing.

    5 To provide students with fundamental information about the research preparation, argumentation and synthesis culminating in a critical dissertation.

    6 To expand students’ command of technological tools in academic research, notably through information technology, data-base searching and bibliographical software.

    7 To inspire and strengthen students’ desire to reflect upon their own cultural heritage in relation to the prevailing conventions and values of other cultures by bringing theoretical perspectives to social analysis.

    8 To encourage students to engage in and commit to the high levels of professional integrity required to participate in the international scholarly academy.

    9 To respect diverse ethical and cultural conventions and to evaluate their impact on professional skills, responsibilities and forms of communication.
    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.

    1, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 5

    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.

    8, 9

    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.

    3, 8

    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.

    6, 7, 9

    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.

    3, 8, 9
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching and learning involves a combination of interactive workshops, seminars and one-on-one guidance. Students are expected to meet their supervisors regularly. The time and venue will be determined by the course coordinator/ supervisor. 

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

    In CHIN 7014B (Part 2), students will be engaged in 6 units of work

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

    1 x 3-hour workshop/seminar/one-on-one guidance per week 36 hours per semester
    10 hours research and writing per week 120 hours per semester

    5 hours reading per week 60 hours per semester
    8 hours independent research per week 96 hours per semester

    TOTAL = 312 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    In this semester, students will focus on writign their thesis and meet their supervisor/s regularly. 
  • 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
    Students are expected to submit their thesis on or before the deadline. 
    Assessment Detail
    In CHIN 7014B (Part 2), 6 unit points (50% of total grade) are allocated to the thesis with 14,000 - 16,000 English words in length (including footnotes but excluding the bibliography).

    In Semester 2 students are expected to develop their research skills in conjunction with their supervisor/s, expand their bibliography and master their theoretical framework and methodology, apply these to their research question and write up and edit their final thesis.

    Students are also expected to do a presentation to their peers and staff on their progress around week 8.

    Assessment of the thesis is based on

    Research Design & Rationale: Identification of clear research objectives and development of an appropriate research design to address these objectives;
    Quality of Argument: Presenting clear and coherent central argument;
    Use of Relevant Literature: Demonstration of ability to review and assess relevant literature and use it as the basis of an analytical framework for the thesis;
    Methodology: Understanding and justification of the use of appropriate methods and techniques, general familiarity of research design: Use of appropriate materials/data;
    Selecting and locating source materials/data that are relevant and appropriate to the research objectives, raising quality arguments, and conducting appropriate data analysis and discussion;
    General Presentation: Clear presentation and organisation of material;
    Quality of Language: Using correct and clear language expressions with appropriate attention to editing:   

    An electronic version of the thesis must be submitted on MyUni on or before the deadline. Two printed copies are to be submitted for examination purposes as well. 
    Submission via other means (e.g. by email) may not be marked. 
    All requests for an extention to the deadline must be made in accordance with the University's MACA policy.
    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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