• Class Number 2888
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Prof Brendan Taylor
    • Prof Brendan Taylor
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

The course provides basic training in research design, research methods and ethics for students whose Honours thesis topics relate to International, Political and Security Studies in the Asia Pacific. It is required for all students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Security Studies Honours plan, and for all students enrolled in the Asia-Pacific Politics specialisation of the Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours plan.

Students will be trained to pose theoretically sound research questions, design feasible, appropriate research methods and locate their thesis in relation to debates in their discipline. The course aims to help students acquire the skills required to independently design, conduct and write up the findings from a scholarly research project.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to engage with disciplinary debates in research and writing
2. Develop a theoretically sound research design
3. Demonstrate the ability to select an appropriate, ethical method for researching a question in security studies.
4. Demonstrate skills in analysis and scholarly writing
5. Demonstrate the ability to present research questions, a research design and preliminary findings to an audience of academics and student peers, and to provide peer-review

    Staff Feedback

    Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
    • Written comments
    • Verbal comments
    • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

    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 Introduction to Honours
    2 Research Design in the Social Sciences
    3 Reading for Research This session will be complemented by INDIVIDUAL TUTORIAL #1 with student supervisors, focusing on subject-specific bibliography building. This tutorial should be arranged between students and their individual supervisors, and should take place either in Week 2 or Week 3.
    4 Approaches to Security and Strategic Studies
    5 Writing workshop 1: Building a thesis
    6 History and Archival Research
    7 Research Ethics/Fieldwork & Interviews
    8 Quantitative/Mixed Research Methods During this week, students also have INDIVIDUAL TUTORIAL #2 with student supervisors, focusing on finalising the thesis working bibliography and preparing to start writing. This tutorial should be arranged between students and their individual supervisors, and must take place by the end of Week 8.
    9 Writing Workshop 2: Drafting a chapter
    10 Academic analysis vs policy commentary
    11 Writing workshop 3: Peer reviews/editing your work
    12 Life after Honours

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
    Thesis proposal presentation 10 % 1,2,3,5
    Thesis proposal 20 % 1,2,3,4
    Bibliography 15 % 1
    Peer review 15 % 1,5
    Draft chapter 40 % 1,2,3,4,5

    * 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 Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

    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 %
    Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

    Thesis proposal presentation

    Assessment Task 2

    Value: 20 %
    Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

    Thesis proposal

    Assessment Task 3

    Value: 15 %
    Learning Outcomes: 1


    Assessment Task 4

    Value: 15 %
    Learning Outcomes: 1,5

    Peer review

    Assessment Task 5

    Value: 40 %
    Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

    Draft chapter

    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

    The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

    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

    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).
    Prof Brendan Taylor

    Research Interests

    Strategic concepts, Asian flashpoints, Regional security architecture

    Prof Brendan Taylor

    By Appointment
    Prof Brendan Taylor

    Research Interests

    Prof Brendan Taylor

    By Appointment

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