• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, English, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Translation Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course is directed at those interested in pursuing advanced level research in a range of Humanities fields, in particular Linguistics, Languages and Cultures, and Literary studies. The course will provide hands-on experience in essential components of research: critically assessing and synthesising relevant literature; developing research questions; disseminating research though conference presentations and publishing; and the use of tools to help in this (such as advanced Word skills, bibliographic data base, etc.). By working on one project for the different pieces of assessment throughout the course, students will complete the course with a well developed research plan, which will prepare them well for writing a thesis or other substantial research project.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. structure a written piece of research to develop an argument in a coherent way;
  2. critically assess literature in their field;
  3. explain a research project and its value in a way that is accessible and relevant to non-experts;
  4. use technology to enhance their research and the presentation of their research

Indicative Assessment

Annotated bibliography (15 sources) - 20% [LOs 2, 3, 4]
Article review (1,000 words) - 20% [LOs 1, 2, 4]
Abstract (500 words) - 10% [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]
Final project (3,000 words) - 50% [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 30 hours of contact
b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HUMN4001.

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have a clear plan for a research project that they can write about in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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