CA44 - Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Overview

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course combines research skill acquisition and a dissertation to prepare you for entry into further research higher degrees or increase your competitive advantage for employment opportunities, particularly research-related employment. You will build on your undergraduate knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in a humanities or arts discipline by selecting a specific research topic consulting with an academic advisor. You will gain practical research skills as well as in-depth knowledge of your chosen research topic. You will also acquire advanced cognitive skills and be able to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and be able to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence.

Career Information

An honours degree provides the opportunity to continue undergraduate studies at a higher level, specialising in a particular area of interest. An honours degree is a rigorous and scholarly course of further study, which develops a student's ability to generate new knowledge and distill new ideas out of existing knowledge. Candidates with honours are particularly sought after by employers and can choose from more interesting research and development positions because of their extra skills and proven abilities. It can also provide a pathway to research higher degree study. Completing an honours degree involves an additional full-time year of study (or the equivalent) following completion of a bachelor course, or alternatively additional study with a research element included in the final year or years of a bachelor course.

Course Details
Duration 1 years full-time or 2 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BBA (Hons)
AQF Level Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2022

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2019

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution and who have achieved a GPA of at least 5 (or higher amount set by the School) in a relevant major as well as any specific discipline requirements such as selected perquisites in their undergraduate course.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of the study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Security Requirements

NIL

Health Requirements

NIL

Assumed Knowledge

n/a

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 3
2020 3
2019 2
2018 2
2017 1
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity in the academic and humanities and social science context.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Reflecting on personal behaviours appropriate for various humanities and social science experiences.
  • Processing constructive feedback or criticism from a supervisor/lecturer and responding with appropriate behaviour.
  • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner in difficult to deal with situations.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with the policies and practices of professional organisations which regulate such issues as copyright, plagiarism, liable and fair use laws in relation to humanities and social science disciplines.
  • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating in the English language with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual, group, professional context or workplace.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions: eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries, and a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course, and in your nominated humanities and social science disciplines.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation, and referencing to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing the required information in a logical and legible report or other written format that clearly communicates the intended message, and do so in a timely manner that meets professional standards.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form that meets humanities and social science practice requirements.
  • Competently using a Desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Having sufficient computer knowledge and skills to engage in the online learning environment that may include completing relevant on-line assessments and participating in on-line forums and/or accessing, reading and responding to emails.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Using a variety of computer programs suitable to your course of study.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate humanities and social science knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying theoretical and other relevant knowledge, research evidence, policies and procedures in humanities and social science practice.
  • Constructing written text proficiently, in English, using appropriate vocabulary and conventions of speech, including being able to paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively in humanities and social science projects and practices.
  • Producing accurate, concise and clear humanities and social science documentation.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Reflecting on topics taught during the course.
  • Reflecting on personal situations that may be difficult and sensitive.
  • Identifying when an issue or circumstance arises that could affect your objectivity or professional judgement, and be able to take an appropriate course of actions.
  • Identifying when your own experiences may potentially negatively influence your objectivity or professional judgement.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Formulate a thesis proposal according to a discipline-specific framework;
  • 2. Evaluate discipline relevant problems and the critical debates surrounding them;
  • 3. Undertake original research examining evidence; and
  • 4. Communicate cogent arguments, proposals and research results that showcase student acquired research training according to a discipline-specific framework.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4
1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 48

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course is intentionally tailored to the interests of the student mentored by a research supervisor, primarily aligned with a Humanities or Arts discipline undertaken by the student at an undergraduate level. Subject to supervisor availability, Honours level research projects can be pursued in the following disciplines: English and Cultural studies, Creative Writing, Geography, History and Politics, Indigenous Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, Visual Arts, Theatre Studies and Music.

The 48 credit point Honours course comprises:

(1) A 12 credit point unit titled Research Proposal;

(2) A 12 credit point unit titled Debates in the Discipline;

(3) HONS20005 Dissertation A; and

(4) HONS20006 Dissertation B.

Each of these units is 12 credit points. The output from Research Proposal is a detailed thesis proposal, and as such, can contribute to the thesis. The output of Debates in the Discipline is a discipline-specific knowledge synthesis document (for some a literature review, for others a reflective output suited to a particular discipline). The output will contribute content to the thesis. The dissertation output from HONS20005 / HONS20006 is 15-20,000 words.

Further details of each unit, including the specifics of the dissertation, are provided in associated Moodle sites. These Moodle sites provide a framework upon which the research project preparation and research methods are defined by the student’s research supervisor and the norms of the associated Humanities or Arts discipline.

Students are required to contact the Head of Course for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) prior to enrolment. In that conversation, students will be guided to consult with an academic in the relevant discipline and negotiate a suitable research topic. Students cannot commence the course without an appropriate supervisor and an agreed research topic. Once the research topic has been agreed, the Head of Course will confirm the student's enrolment.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HONS28001 Research Proposal
HONS28002 Debates in the Discipline
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HONS20005 Dissertation A
HONS20006 Dissertation B
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Mid-year Intake and External

Students normally enrol in Term 1 but in selected disciplines, students may enrol mid-year (Term 2). Students may also undertake their Honours course externally (subject to supervision and availability of resources).

Mid-year Intake is not permitted for the Psychology major of this course.