3 x 120-minute seminars per semester
2 x 4-hour oral vivas per semester
1 Admission into HBSPP-Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
1a Admission into HBSPTH-Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a))
Course context

This topic is taught and assessed as a continuum. Students must enrol in all topic components in the same academic year.

On completion of 7000A and B a thesis will be submitted not exceeding 10,000 words in length. An introductory and progress seminar of 15 minutes each will have been presented and a final 45 minute presentation. A vive voce of 15 minutes will provide an opportunity for the student and examiners to clarify aspects of the thesis and presentation allowing the examiners to revise the grade upwards if appropriate. The overall grade for the combined topics will be determined by the thesis (75%) and the final presentation (25%).
Topic description

Students will develop practical research skills and knowledge in a designated research area within speech pathology, audiology, linguistics, psychology, physiology or a related discipline by conducting an honours project, leading to the submission of a thesis.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Prepare graduates who will be critical consumers of research, and who will be able to design, conduct, and write up a research project themselves
  • Provide knowledge and skills relevant to conducting research, especially for entry to higher degree courses, and develop an advanced level of knowledge in the area of specialisation
  • Further develop verbal and written skills relevant to advanced studies
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate scholarly material effectively both orally and in written form
  2. Define and apply a major research paradigm to a well formulated research question
  3. Critique research and scholarly literature for the strengths and weaknesses in their conception, design, analysis, and presentation
  4. Apply a rigorous research analysis to data, effectively synthesise and communicate results/findings
  5. Effectively conduct and communicate a rigorous research process, from development of a research question through design, data collection, and analysis, to write-up and publication
  6. Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge in the area of specialisation
  7. Manage contingencies, identify how they have influenced research outcomes and make recommendations for future research projects