Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject aims to introduce disciplinary issues & research methods. Initially, students work together to extend research skills, improve their citation & annotation skills, address ethical questions & formulate work methods. Students then take either a creative or theoretical pathway. Theoretical thesis: students undertake further research to develop their topic into a significant & feasible research question & project. Creative work: explore creative practice as research methodologies, with the aim of understanding specificity of creative arts practical research & its articulation with theoretical research. It introduces different methods of exegetical writing and prepares students for the practice based thesis. The subject is essential for interdisciplinary creative arts practice & is available to students across the Bachelor of Creative Arts, Cinema Studies & Media Studies Honours. It is compulsory for all Media: screen+sound or Cinema Studies or Media Studies Honours students.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorHugh Davies

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in AHA or AHCA or AHMS or co-ordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects CST4IAM or CST5IAM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is a core subject for Honours.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Craft of Research (third edition)PrescribedBooth, Wayne., Columb, Gregory G., & Williams, Joseph M.UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS, 2008

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Night


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHugh Davies

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
1,500-word equiv on-line or in class presentations of work in progress in relation to workshops15
2,500-word individual thesis proposal and outline for exegesisDemonstrating understanding of theories of creative practice as research and advanced library research skills30
4,000-word annotated bibliography/ongoing research projectFor those students completing the theoretical pathway ONLY55