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SCA4000 Honours Dissertation 1

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Darryl Chalk


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BCAH
Enrolment is not permitted in SCA4000 if HMT4001 has been previously competed


Creative Arts researchers and practitioners develop, produce and promote original creative work in their specific field. This two-unit course is an opportunity for Honours students to engage in a piece of sustained and specific research in the Creative Arts - delivered as a dissertation or exegesis. SCA4000 enables students to develop and apply research skills and knowledge while producing their dissertation or exegesis with individual supervision - with the topic chosen by the student and the subsequent research outcomes developed in consultation with the supervisor.

This course, along with SCA4001 Honours Dissertation B, will enable students enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) program to design and complete an individual supervised research project. During this course, students will plan and write their exegesis or dissertation of 8,000 -12,000 words. Students will work closely with their supervisor to develop their exegesis or dissertation, involving the development and review of a research proposal, literature review and methodology, as well as the selection of theoretical or other disciplinary approaches as appropriate.

Once enrolled, students will proceed in either MODE 1 (for students commencing in the BCAH) or MODE 2 (students continuing/completing in the BCAH).

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Develop (MODE 1) or critically review (MODE 2) a research proposal, including defining a topic, developing a research design, incorporating an annotated bibliography and justifying a methodology;
  2. Undertake independent research, under supervision, on a proposed topic (MODES 1&2);
  3. Select, justify and apply a methodology appropriate to a research topic (MODES 1&2);
  4. Critically review, analyse (MODES 1&2) and draw supportable conclusions (MODE 2) from the literature relevant to a selected dissertation topic.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Developing (MODE 1) and refining (MODE 2) a research proposal. 20.00
2. Undertaking a critical literature review (MODES 1&2). 20.00
3. Select (MODE 1) and justify (MODE 2) a methodology. 20.00
4. Data collection methods (MODE 1) and presentation of results (MODE 2). 20.00
5. Undertaking data analysis (MODE 1) and reaching evidenced conclusions (MODE 2). 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Research Proposal
Presentation/Dissertation 100
Date printed 30 June 2022