• Class Number 3808
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Erica Seccombe
    • Dr Erica Seccombe
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

Individual Research Courses may be undertaken as electives.  Approval of individual Research courses is subject to the approval of a detailed Research Plan and the availability of appropriate resources.

Courses are built around individually negotiated semester-long projects on a topic which is not otherwise offered by the School of Art. Each individual Research Course is to be described in a document which is drawn up in negotiation between the student and the assigned Workshop Supervisor by reference to a template which describes the project in terms of 1. Aims, 2. Methods and Resources, 3. Context, and 4. Anticipated Outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. devise a detailed study/research program
  2. identify and develop experimental strategies
  3. communicate research outcomes in visual and written forms
  4. evaluate  their own work and the work of others relevant to the project

Additional Course Costs

workshop fees may apply

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Draft research plan Assessment items 1-4
4 Submit final research plan Assessment items 1-4
12 Studio Journal and reflective research summary completed Assessment items 1-4

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research Plan 600 – 800 words 10 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2
Research Project 70 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2
Studio Journal and reflective research summary: 800-1000 words 20 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Research Plan 600 – 800 words

The Research Plan is an assessable item representing 10% of the final mark and is due in week 4 . This is a hurdle requirement without which students will not be able to progress in the course. A cover sheet available on the wattle site.

  • The project title will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
  • In 600 – 800 words the proposal will have to address the four learning outcomes. Students are to hand a draft proposal to their supervisor one week after commencing their studies. Both parties can agree to changes until the proposal is due on the last day in week three when a digital copy will need to be submitted online. It is recommended that both parties keep a copy of the final project proposal for their records.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Research Project

The Research project is an assessable item representing 70% of the final mark and is due in week 13. Students in this course carry out practice-led research on a project of their choice. The project proposal will be negotiated between the student and a proposed supervisor. Students must gain the formal agreement of a staff member to supervise them before enrolling in this course

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4

Studio Journal and reflective research summary: 800-1000 words

The studio journal forms a significant part of assessing the ongoing engagement with the practice-led research over the duration of the course. It should show references pertaining to the concepts and skills investigated, as well as the outcomes of the individual study project and evidence of reflective engagement. Students can reference the above though a combination of visual materials, photographic documentation, drawings and written observations.

The reflective research summary: 800-1000 word, analyses and evaluates the project and relates it to its contextual framework. The writing is descriptive, analytical, and critical and articulates how the student has developed and investigative, analytical and practical methodology. This additional process adds depth and breadth to the research and builds connections between the studio investigations, experimentations, experience, research and the resolution of the final body of work for assessment.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Erica Seccombe

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