School of Health and Life Sciences

What is involved?

What is involved?

There are 5 courses that make up the honours program. All course work for SCHON4001 and SCHON4002 is completed in Semester 1 – the required contact time for both courses is combined into fortnightly 2 hour tutorials that run in semester 1.

A brief summary of each of the courses and the assessment tasks associated with each one is given below. The majority of your time will be devoted to your individual research project which is assessed in the form of the Honours Thesis submitted at the end of the second semester.

SCHON4001 Honours Research Methods

This course is designed to develop essential research skills including critical analysis of literature, research design, written and verbal communication and most importantly to provide constructive feedback that will help you to produce a high quality thesis and final seminar.

SCHON4002 Honours literature Review

This course provides you with skills in researching your topic, critically evaluating relevant literature and developing a well structured review that will form the basis of the introduction to your honours thesis. The literature review is submitted at the end of semester 1 and the feedback provided will assist you in developing the literature review into a strong thesis introduction.

SCHON4003 and SCHON4004 Honours Research project 1 and 2

The research project will be undertaken over the course of 2 semesters and will represent a significant amount of work – this will include developing your research plan, optimising suitable approaches/methods, collecting and analysing your data and writing up your final thesis. The assessment for these two courses is based on the final grade awarded for your thesis

SCHON4005 Honours communication and application

The assessment for this course is based on a final seminar given after thesis submission – a presentation and discussion of your research results, and a mark awarded by your Honours supervisor(s), evaluating your engagement and involvement in all aspects of your project.

Honours Assessment task summary

Assessment Task

Associated course

Due

Critical analysis essay

SCHON4001

Week 4

Oral presentation of research proposal

SCHON4001

Week 8

Research proposal (written)

SCHON4001

Week 10

Literature review

SCHON4002

Week 13

Thesis

SCHON40034

SCHON4004

End October S1

Early June S2

Honours Final seminar

SCHON4005

~2 weeks after thesis submission

Honours program structure

The honours program can be completed full time over two semesters, or part time over three semesters. The courses taken in each semester are outlined below.

Honours Program Structure – Full Time enrolment

Course code

Course name

Credit points

Semester 1

SCHON4001

Honours research methods

15

SCHON4002

Honours literature review

15

SCHON4003

Honours research project 1

30

Semester 2

SCHON4005

Honours communication and application

15

SCHON4004

Honours research project 2

45

Total:

120

Program Structure for Part time enrolment

Course code

Course name

Credit points

Semester 1

SCHON4001

Honours research methods

15

SCHON4002

Honours literature review

15

Semester 2

SCHON4003

Honours research project 1

30

SCHON4005

Honours communication and application

15

Semester 3

SCHON4004

Honours research project 2

45

Total:

120

For more program information, please visit the FedUni Course Finder.

The overall grade for your honours program is calculated from the grades you receive for each of the 5 Honours courses. These are weighted according to their credit point value in determining your overall program grade.  The honours program grades are designated as follows:

Code

Grade

%

H1

First class Honours

80 - 100%

H2A

Upper Second class Honours

70 -79%

H2B

Lower Second class Honours

60 - 69%

H3

Third class Honours

50 - 59%