Independent Guided Study

This unit enables students with initiative and creativity to pursue ideas and areas of interest in a subject area. It affords the student an opportunity to develop independent research and study skills. It explores the following processes: choosing a topic of interest, determining the selection of necessary research skills, selection of sources of information that assist and guide the development of necessary research skills, and obtaining approval by the appropriate academic authority in the enrolled Sydney College of Divinity teaching college to proceed with the unit.

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.

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Can be offered in any discipline or sub discipline

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify for themselves a question to be posed or a topic to be investigated in the particular subject area
  2. describe advanced methods for resolving the question or for researching the topic
  3. outline a working bibliography for the area of their research
  4. show advanced competence in descriptive, critical and analytic skills with respect to the topic of their research
  5. produce a report (or reports) that is clearly expressed, well argued, and has potential for publication.
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