mss4iam issues and methods




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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorNorie Neumark

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
ReadingsStyle: Ten Lessons in Clarity & GracePrescribedWilliams, Joseph M 1999LONGMAN
ReadingsThe Craft of Research (third edition)PrescribedBooth, Wayne., Columb, Gregory G., & Williams, Joseph M.UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS, 2008

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Advanced Library research skills

Participate in workshops by library for advanced research skills, use of online databases and internet research skills, etc
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

02. Advanced research methodologies for written thesis and creative practice as research

Reading; summary and analysis of reading; writing online posts and proposals and exegesis that demonstrates understanding of the methodologies and the ability to translate them into practice reading, summary and analysis of reading, writing proposals and demonstrating the ability to formulate and apply appropriate research methods
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

03. Advanced ability to research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through critical and reflective thinking

Reading and analysis and presentation of summary of reading and analysis in class and online
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

04. Advanced ability to recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues and life-long learning issues and apply local and international perspectives to practice in the Creative Arts discipline or to theoretical research

Reading, in class and on line posts and discussion
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness(Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Life-Long Learning(Life-Long Learning)

05. Advanced ability to communicate in written and spoken forms.

Working independently (on line & in class) and in teams to workshop individual Honours and MA proposals in ways that are attentive to ethical concerns and cultural awareness and the need to continue to work in teams in life long activities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Night


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNorie Neumark

Class requirements

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

TutorialWeek: 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%ILO*
1,000-word equiv in class presentation of work in progress in relation to workshops1504, 02, 03, 05
1,000-word equivalent preliminary researchTwo 500-word preliminary research exercises1001, 02
2,000-word review essayDemonstrating understanding of theories of creative practice as research and advanced library research skills3505, 04, 02, 03
3,500-word annotated bibliography/ongoing research projectFor those students completing the theoretical pathway ONLY4002, 03, 05, 01