When you fly to Europe or North America those big jets cruise at somewhere around 10,000m altitude. From that high up you get a different perspective on things. Think of this as that perspective.
Unless otherwise noted all work is submitted via building 9, level 4 submission bin. Work needs a cover sheet, that must include your name and the name of your teacher.
Research Lab Two (COMM 2475) | Dr Adrian Miles, Dr Brigid Magner, Dr Yoko Akama
You are to submit a research portfolio by the end of week 14 in semester two (Friday October 31).
The work is to be submitted via Building 9, Level 4.
Assessment during Research Lab Two is designed to:
- complement your individual honours research
- support you in learning about research as a practice
- support you in understanding yourself as a researcher
The research portfolio will consist of:
- the letter you would write now to your imagined self at the beginning of honours
- your complete bibliography for the year of all that you have looked at
- a reflective diary
In addition you will write a short essay (of approximately 1500 words) that refers to, and uses, the material in your research portfolio to provide a narrative of your research year.
The Letter (10%)
Imagine reading a letter at the start of Honours, written by your future self. What would you say, from the point of view of today, to your self about embarking on honours? What advice would give? What should you look out for? Why? What will be unexpected, surprising, of concern? Would you warn about the mistakes or going off tangent, or would you see these as valuable lessons to learn still for your past-self?
Reflective Diary (30%)
We encourage you to keep this journal ( online, on paper, photographs, audio recording – whatever works for you) where you can note down how you are feeling about your research. Is it exciting to get that sentence just so? Frustrating to not know what the end looks like? Frightening to imagine the scale of it? Proud to hold your finished work? This diary is to help you notice the things that feel like they get in the way, and the things that help you. We would like you to notice, especially, the ‘critical incidents’ – these are events that significantly altered, accelerated, deepened your research. This documentation is a necessary stage for you to undertake the reflective essay.
This is the ‘dump’ from your bibliography manager, sorted alphabetically by author. It is all that you’ve read this year. (And what you’ve read, not the list of stuff you found but didn’t read.)
Selecting ‘critical incidents’ from your reflective diary that signify important moments of your research journey, please provide a narrative of your research year. The essay can be chronological (ie, time-based narrative) in highlighting positive or negative things that happened in your research journey, or it can be thematic that coalesce insights, inspirations and alterations that took place. This should be approx. 1500 words and can be as visually rich (minimum 20 images) as necessary.
OPTIONAL BONUS 1 (the honours steak knife set)
Due: End of Week 7 (Friday September 12)
Value: a bonus of 5 marks will be applied to your overall lab result
(you will lose 2 marks per day – including weekends – for each day this is late).
Description: Submit to your lab leader and supervisor a completed first draft of your thesis or exegesis. It does not need to contain an introduction or conclusion. It should include a bibliography, and be footnoted/referenced appropriately.
OPTIONAL BONUS 2 (the honours kitchen whizz)
Due: End of week 14 (Friday October 31)
Value: a bonus of 5 marks will be applied to your overall lab result (you will lose 2 marks per day – including weekends – for each day this is late)
Description: The research portfolio, including the essay, is submitted as a PDF — consider it as an individual honours ‘year book’.
Media and Communication Futures (COMM 2473) | Dr. Linda Daley
due: ongoing through classes
You are to make a presentation to the whole group on one of the selected concepts. The selection will occur in week 1. You will present with others although you will be individually assessed. Each speaker will have no more than 8-10 minutes in which to present.
A Report on a Concept (40%)
due: Friday April 11
length: 2500 words
You can either select one of your own concepts OR you can select one of the concepts from the course. Your purpose is to analyse a concept from (at least) two different perspectives by selecting a range of texts and evaluating the different claims each perspective makes.
The Geneology of a Concept (40%)
due: Tuesday June 10
length: 3500 words
Choose a concept that is relevant to either your discipline or your research project. Your purpose is to explain, examine, and evaluate how this concept arises, what problem it appears to solve, how it is advanced, modified (or even rejected) during the course of its history.
Research Strategies (COMM 2353) | Dr. Adrian Miles
Research Proposal (10%)
due: Friday March 21
Length: Around 4 paragraphs
Details: see Google Doc.
Reading List (10%)
due: Friday April 4
length: somewhere between 20 and 60 citations expected
Details: see the Google Doc
Literature Review 1 (40%)
due: Thursday April 17
length: 1500 words
Details: see the Google Doc
Literature Review 2 (40%)
due: Wednesday May 28
length: 3000 words
Details: see the Google Doc
Research Laboratory One (COMM 2474) | Dr. Yoko Akama, Dr. Brigid Magner, Dr. Adrian Miles
Precursor Project 02 (40%)
due: Friday June 13
length: Contextualising essay of at least 500 words. A completed precursor artefact/s. Accompanying documentation of the development history of the precursor.
Details: see the Google doc.
Big Days Out
due: Monday June 2, Tuesday June 3 (subject to confirmation)
length: 5 minute presentation and feedback to all other presenters
Details: outline of presentation format (Google Doc), feedback from (PDF).