- Class Number 2767
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Katrina Grant
- Dr Katrina Grant
- 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 allows students to develop a relevant research project in the areas of Public Humanities, cultural studies, and/or Digital Humanities. Students are expected to take part in a regular research seminar group with academics and fellow postgraduate students that will help to guide them in the development of a research topic, discuss appropriate methodologies and practices, and work on their project throughout the semester. This course allows students to develop a project that may have direct industry or professional relevance; and to further develop their project management, writing and/or digital literacy skills. Students will be encouraged to explore projects that are interdisciplinary and employ new media and digital skills and components.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- design a medium-scale original research project;
- identify and critically analyse relevant literature, including theoretical and methodological approaches to the chosen topic;
- apply in a sophisticated way relevant research methods and theories to the analysis of the research questions/hypothesis; and
- develop and demonstrate relevant digital, creative writing, or new media skills.
This course allows students to develop a relevant research project in the areas of Public Humanities, cultural studies, and/or Digital Humanities. Students will be guided by a supervisor in the development of a research topic, discuss appropriate methodologies and practices, and work on their project throughout the semester. This course allows students to develop a project that may have direct industry or professional relevance; and to further develop their project management, writing and/or digital literacy skills. Students will be encouraged to explore projects that are interdisciplinary and employ new media and digital skills and components.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
ALl students will have access to the Digital Humanities Lab. Make sure you read the information on Wattle about resources, access and appropriate use of the lab.
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||Welcome and Introduction. Get to know the other students in the cohort. Come ready to discuss your research interests and goals for the course.|
|2||What makes a good a research question and how do you write one?|
|3||Research project design week (literature reviews, ethics, time management)|
|4||Research project design (literature reviews, ethics, time management)||Full Research Proposal Due|
|5||Feedback on proposals. Discussion about next steps. Development of Ethics Applications.|
|6||Developing your research plan for weeks 7-11||Literature Review Due, Ethics Application Due (if applicable)|
|7||Public Holiday - no make up class just work on your independent projects|
|8||Drop in for help and progress reporting|
|9||No seminar this week just work on your independent projects|
|10||Drop in for help and progress reporting|
|11||No seminar this week just work on your independent projects|
|12||Final Presentations||Final Presentation|
There is just the single seminar time for this which all students must attend. Tuesdays 11am-1pm.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Research Proposal||15 %||17/03/2023||1,2|
|Literature Review||15 %||31/03/2023||1,2,3|
|Final Presentation||10 %||23/05/2023||2,3,4|
|Final Report||50 %||05/06/2023||1,2,3,4|
|Participation in group supervision||10 %||23/05/2023||1,2,3,4|
* 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 Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- 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
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 Academic Skills 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.
See under Participation assessment
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
The fully developed research question, proposed methodology, ethics application outline (if required) and explanation of how the research sits in the broader field (contribution). See Wattle for full details.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
A detailed literature review following the recommended template that provides information about relevant research in the area of the proposal. This should include peer-reviewed academic publications from books, academic journals or published conference proceedings. It should also discuss where relevant digital projects, online repositories, non-traditional research outputs and other media as appropriate. Literature reviews must analyse, synthesis and discuss texts and projects, not just list and summarise them.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4
This will be presented to the class as a Pecha Kucha (see Wattle) talk and should summarise the research findings thus far, the challenges of the research and a critical personal reflection on your experience developing an independent research project.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
A report following the recommended template the outlines your research findings, reflects on the success and challenges of your chosen methodology and situates the project in the broader field of research. It should be written up as a published conference paper or proposed journal article. If relevant this can include a non traditional output such as a 3D model, digital map, data visualisations, video and audio alongside an exegesis. See Wattle for full details on types of reports that are acceptable.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Participation in group supervision
All students are expected to attend all weeks where a class is on (see timetable for details some weeks there is no in-person class but there is a requirement to briefly report on progress on Teams). If you are unable to attend please provide a reason in writing (email or Teams message is fine) to the convener. Students who miss more than 50% class meetings or progress reports (i.e. 5 or more) without providing a valid reason will receive 0% for participation.
The participation mark is not just an attendance mark, students are expected to discuss their work, talk to other students, and engage with guest speakers to attain a full mark for this requirement.
Students are expected to attend in person unless alternative arrangements are have been discussed with the convener before the start of semester.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
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.
Please read Wattle for instructions on submitting any traditional aspects of projects (eg files for digital visualisations, websites etc).
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 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.
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.
Feedback on assignments will be provided through Wattle or in class. If you cannot find your feedback on Wattle please contact the convener.
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.
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).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Access and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Dr Katrina Grant
Dr Katrina Grant