Major Independent Guided Study

The unit Major 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. The unit is designed to refine the skills of independent study by allowing the student to define their own study and to set their own goals by means of an extended guided reading program. The unit is an Elective unit which, when applied to a specific Discipline, forms part of a Specialisation within that Discipline within the postgraduate 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



18 credit points including 9 credit points in the Discipline in focus



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop a focused topic for independent scholarly investigation;
  2. Conduct independent research, under supervision, in terms of locating, utilizing, and referencing a wide range of appropriate primary and secondary sources;
  3. Analyse and evaluate with critical empathy a range of disparate scholarly positions;
  4. Defend an independent perspective on the topic of the investigation;
  5. Produce a cogent set of researched findings in an extended piece of academic writing.
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