- Class Number 2567
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Julieanne Lamond
- Dr Julieanne Lamond
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
This course will build on students’ research skills and knowledge in literary and cultural studies, drama and creative writing, and will equip them with the tools needed to write a well-researched and critically-engaged thesis at honours level and beyond. The course will focus on guiding students through the writing of a portion of their own thesis project. This will involve three elements: 1) locating and evaluating secondary material relevant to their topic; 2) developing a critical framework which is appropriate for the discussion and analysis of their primary text/s (whether poetry, fiction, drama, film, or other cultural texts); and 3) drafting and revising a section of the thesis itself. Through each stage of the process students will exchange their work with their peers for discussion and feedback. The aim of the course is to enable and encourage students to position their work clearly in relation to existing scholarship and critical debates on their topic, and to articulate their own intervention with clarity and persuasiveness.
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:
- Conduct bibliographic and/or archival research in the field of literary studies, including drama and creative writing.
- Analyse and critically evaluate primary and secondary material from a range of sources.
- Apply knowledge of appropriate theories and methodologies to primary texts and position this analysis in relation to existing research in the field.
- Outline their research topic and situate their research question or critical approach in relation to existing scholarship in the field.
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
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
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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction: Why do research? What is 'good' research?|
|2||What is a thesis? Past thesis evaluation|
|3||Thesis writing workshop|
|4||Literature review workshop|
|5||Drafting an introduction/ Structuring a thesis chapter||Post a draft annotated bibliography Post comments on two students’ annotated bibliographies using the marking rubric|
|6||Developing a theoretical approach||Annotated bibliography|
|7||Argument and significance||Post a brief outline of your thesis chapters and their main subheadings|
|8||Peer review of structure/argument||Post an outline of the structure of your essay, including 5-10 topic sentences Post a paragraph of comments on outlines written by two other students|
|9||Peer review of Introduction||Post the introduction to your essay Post a paragraph of comments on introductions written by two other students|
|10||Editing your thesis|
|11||Draft essay review Course evaluation||Post a draft of your major essay Post at least half a page of comments on two students’ draft essays|
|12||Individual consultations on draft essays||Essay|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Annotated Bibliography||20 %||1,2|
|Oral Presentation||10 %||1,2,3,4|
|Forum Posts||10 %||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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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
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Details: 1000 words
Details of task
Present an annotated bibliography of work-in-progress research towards your thesis. Your bibliography should include:
1. A sorting of your references into a series of sub-bibliographies, categorised both thematically and functionally (that is, in terms of the kind of work they do for your research project: overview or comprehensive? Primary or secondary texts? Theoretical/methodological? Background/broad context?)
2. Preliminary annotations on key references that you sense will be central to your project as it develops.
3. Notes on further work to be done in terms of:
a. Finding material
b. Assessing material
c. Taking summary or detailed notes
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
10 minute presentation Value: 10%
Due date: Rolling deadline
Details of task
Present a brief overview of your thesis topic, which should include:
1. A quick introduction to the broader research field;
2. An explanation of the specific problem/research question you aim to address;
3. An outline of the proposed structure of your thesis;
4. A brief summary of work completed so far, any anticipated problems or difficulties, and how you aim to deal with them.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Details of task
This essay should be a free-standing extract from your thesis-in-progress. It could be your introduction, or a chapter on one of your primary texts. Where necessary, include a brief contextualising statement to orient your reader.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Due dates: see Wattle
Details of task
Students submit a series of posts to the ‘seminar forum’. These include drafts, peer review comments and tasks to help you to develop your thesis chapter or introduction. Forum posts will not be rated. The mark is calculated from the number of posts that you submit before the deadline. If you submit all forum posts, you will receive 100%. Forum posts will not be counted if they are late (unless you have a medical certificate) and will not be accepted via email.
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The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
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.
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.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- 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.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Australian literature, literary reception
Dr Julieanne Lamond
Dr Julieanne Lamond