MUSEUM 7003 - Curatorial and Museum Studies Research Thesis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course is a supervised research thesis of 20,000 words to be undertaken in the field of Curatorial and Museum Studies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSEUM 7003
    Course Curatorial and Museum Studies Research Thesis
    Coordinating Unit School of Humanities
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact 2 hrs per fortnight
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites 24 Units of core courses and electives
    Assessment Research Thesis 100%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ania Kotarba

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The purpose of the dissertation is to encourage students to undertake independent museums studies research and to foster research-related skills. On successful completion of this dissertation, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to initiate research and to formulate viable research questions.
    3. Demonstrate the capacity to design, conduct and report sustained and original research.
    4. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate scholarly literature.
    5. Present research findings in a suitably structured thesis that conforms to protocols of academic presentation and research practice.
    6. Demonstrate the ability to critically assess literature and conduct analyses at a Masters level.
    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 Resources
    Required Resources
    Readings will be made available via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Resources will be made available via MyUni.
    Online Learning
    Available online
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Unlike standard coursework, research is a relatively unstructured activity. Students must self-pace and self-monitor their own progress. Weekly or fortnightly meetings (in person or online) with their thesis supervisor is recommended.

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

    1-hour meeting with supervisor each week or fortnight (online or in person) plus time for thesis research and writing.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Meetings with supervisor, readings, thesis writing.
    Specific Course Requirements
  • 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
    20,000 word research thesis
    Assessment Detail
    Students will need to submit a 20,000 word research thesis at the end of course. Formatting guidelines will be provided via MyUni.
    Submission via MyUni.This should include a title page showing:
    • the title in full
    • the full name
    • the School in which the candidate submitted the work (School of Humanities)
    • the degree for which the dissertation is submitted
    • the date of submission
    • the declaration
    The declaration includes the signature and date and the following paragraph. "Except where appropriately acknowledged this thesis is my own work, has been expressed in my own words and has not previously been submitted for assessment."

    There should be a brief (less than 1 page) abstract preceding the text of the project. This should indicate the aims, scope and conclusions of the project, as well as the word count.

    The project must also include a reference list.

    The exact submission date and procedure will be posted on MyUni before the start of the semester.

    A staff member from the Graduate Program will mark the research project.
    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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