The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course combines coursework and dissertation to prepare graduates who have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as well as practical knowledge of research principles and methods. Graduates will have 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.
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.
|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)||BA(Hons)|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
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.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditiation||
No Residential School for this course.
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|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5|
|10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence|
|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|
|Number of units: 8||Total credit points: 48|
The honours course comprises 50% coursework (normally 4 units equivalent) and 50% dissertation. The Course is available in the following areas: Creative Writing, Digital Media, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Literary & Cultural Studies, Music, Professional Communication and Sociology.
The coursework involves supervised reading units. Students will consult with an academic in the relevant discipline and negotiate suitable topics. Students cannot complete this component without appropriate supervisors and agreed topics. The dissertation typically involves a supervisor, an agreed topic, and the outcome is a dissertation of 15-20,000 words. Details of the specific learning outcomes, set texts and readings, materials and assessment will be negotiated with the supervisor. Once the topics have been agreed, the course advisor will confirm the student's enrolment. Students are required to contact the relevant course advisor and Head of the Honours Course prior to enrolment.
The Honours course comprises the following unit codes: HONS20001 Coursework A, HONS20002 Coursework B, HONS20003 Coursework C, HONS20004 Coursework D, HONS20005 Dissertation A, HONS20006 Dissertation B. Full-time students will enrol in two coursework and one dissertation code for each of their first and second terms. Part-time students will enrol in two coursework codes for each of their first two terms (year 1) and a dissertation code in each of their third and fourth terms (year 2). Full details of the units and dissertation are provided on a Moodle website.
The Honours course consists of 50 per cent (24 units of credit) coursework and 50 percent (24 units of credit) dissertation. Coursework consists of 4 units or equivalent based on assessment. Details of the assessment and word length of the dissertation will be advised by School.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
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.