Major Independent Guided Study

The unit Independent Guided Study provides students with demonstrated initiative and creativity an opportunity to produce an extended piece of individual research at an advanced level on a particular area of study. It may be on a topic that has arisen from a standard unit or on a topic that is not available elsewhere in the curriculum. It is designed to develop independent research and study skills. The unit is an Elective unit which, when applied to a specific Discipline, forms part of a Major within that Discipline within the Bachelor awards.

This unit is generic and can be applied to any discipline or sub discipline. A “research” generic unit can foster independent research and study skills. It can enhance initiative and creativity as students pursue ideas and areas of interest in the subject area. In this way, generic units seek to provide a learning environment which fosters increased independence in learning combined with a higher degree of student-centredness.

Study Level



Can be offered in any discipline or sub discipline

Credit Points



27 credit points including 18 credit points in the Discipline in focus



Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Define a specific topic for independent investigation;
  2. Conduct independent research, under supervision, in terms of locating, utilizing, and referencing appropriate primary and secondary sources;
  3. Analyse the various positions taken by key scholars working in the area;
  4. Develop an independent perspective on the topic of the investigation;
  5. Produce a polished piece of academic writing encapsulating the findings of the investigation.
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