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Supervised Research Thesis (SWM617)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description The supervised research thesis requires that students complete a major study on a relevant topic under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Students will develop and demonstrate skills in research design, evaluation, analysis and critique, together with high level written communication skills, organisation and time management, and the capacity for self directed and independent learning.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate proficiency in research design and methodology appropriate to the question
2. Critically apply disciplinary knowledge to a particular research questions
3. Demonstrate writing skills of a scholarly and professional standard appropriate to the context and audience of the research
4. Apply organisation and time management to research
5. Demonstrate the capacity for independent learning
Timetabled Learning Activities There are no timetabled learning activities. Students and supervisors collaborate to work out a mutually agreeable meeting structure during semester.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of semi-structured and self-directed learning. After identifying a suitable thesis topic and supervisor, students will have regular opportunities to develop their research in regular consultation with their supervisor. Students will have access to any available training with regard to referencing software.
Assessment The thesis (10,000 - 12,000 words) is assessed by the thesis supervisor and one external examiner on the basis of the student's demonstrated skills in research design, methodology, analysis and scholarly communication . The thesis represents 100% of the total assessment.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Public Policy and Management, Master of Development Studies, Master of Health Policy and Leadership or Master of International Affairs; completion of at least 24 credit points (except in cases of Advanced Standing). Students are required to have at least a Distinction grade average in their Masters coursework units, and to have the permission of the School Dean with approval of the proposed thesis topic.
Co-requisite: SWM618 Social Science Research Design
Previously 2013: SSH617
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Jane Hutchison
Head of Discipline Global Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2995
e: J.Hutchison@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.3.037 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor Jane Hutchison
Head of Discipline Global Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2995
e: J.Hutchison@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.3.037 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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