FILM 4003 - Honours Film Thesis Workshop

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

The course represents advanced learning, scholarship and research in the discipline of Film Studies. It extends students' knowledge and research skills in film culture(s), building on the learning and research capabilities gained in levels 1 to 3 of the Film Studies major. It is designed to help students develop research and writing skills necessary for the research thesis.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FILM 4003
    Course Honours Film Thesis Workshop
    Coordinating Unit School of Humanities
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 1 hour per week with thesis supervisor
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites A credit standard in undergraduate study, which is usually determined by a minimum requirement of 65% average in all Level II and Level III courses taken at undergraduate level. All Honours proposals will be assessed by the Honours coordinator before an
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to relevant Honours program
    Course Description The course represents advanced learning, scholarship and research in the discipline of Film Studies. It extends students' knowledge and research skills in film culture(s), building on the learning and research capabilities gained in levels 1 to 3 of the Film Studies major. It is designed to help students develop research and writing skills necessary for the research thesis.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Joy McEntee

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this course graduates will be able to
    1. apply a wide range of conceptual approaches to film studies.
    2. identify, analyse, and evaluate relevant primary and secondary sources
    3. read and interpret film criticism and apply it to academic argument and discussion
    4. develop logical and coherent analytic arguments in both writing and orally
    5. write and critique key research documents (e.g. a research proposal)
    6. use relevant technologies to complete assessments (e.g. for research)
    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.

    1,2,3,4,5

    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.

    1,2,3,4,5

    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.

    3.4.5

    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.

    5,6

    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.

    1

    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.

    3,4,5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    6

    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.

    2,3,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Readings will be made available through Barr Smith Library and MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Weekly seminars will focus on the art and craft of producing a research thesis. Students will bring prepared writing and workshop it in collaboration with other students and the instructor.
    Workload

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

    312 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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
    Excerpts to workshop: 10x250 words: 20%
    Oral presentation and associated PowerPoint or audiovisual presentation: 15 mins/2000 words equivalent. 30%
    Research proposal: 5000 words: 50%
    Assessment Detail
    Excerpts to workshop: 10x250 words: 20%. Formative and summative
    Each week, studetns will prepare a writing sample and bring it to the seminar to workshop. After acting on feedback, they will submit their sample to MyUni for assessment. 

    Oral presentation and associated PowerPoint or audiovisual presentation: 15 mins/2000 words equivalent. 30%. Formative and summative.
    Each student will present their work in process to the class at some stage during the semester. They will then act on feedback and submit a PowerPoint or an audiovisual essay for assessment. 

    Research proposal: 5000 words: 50%
    Students will complete a 5000 word research proposal for the thesis they intend to complete. 
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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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