Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Why study the Bachelor of Arts with Honours at UNE?

This course is designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies in areas listed, either to improve their career prospects or to proceed to higher degree studies. Completion of the degree to the standard of Honours Class II Division 2 or better is the normal mode of entry to the research degree of Master of Philosophy. Completion to the standard of Honours Class II Division 1 or better is the normal mode of entry to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Graduates of honours in psychology are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society and provisional registration to practise as a psychologist and for admission to the professional Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree.

Please note that Honours in Psychology is only available in Trimester 1.

Career Opportunities

Depending on majors, examples include positions in public and private sectors, such as management and administration, heritage and archival, policy and public relations, diplomacy and foreign affairs, translation, education, business, health, film and theatre, public relations, media, tourism, editing and publishing, and roles such as human resource officers, social researchers, town planners, welfare officers, administrative managers, park rangers, archaeologists, curators, psychologists and sociologists.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 Year Full-time
2 Years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2016 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BA(Hons)
Course Type Bachelor Honours
CRICOS Code 000379J
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • 2 Years Part-time
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 48
Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School concerned.

2. Except as provided in Rule 3, a candidate for admission to the final honours course shall have:

(a) satisfied all requirements for admission to AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science or all requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degrees in The University of New England; and

(b) passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed, except that with the approval of the relevant head of school, up to 12 credit points in another subject may be substituted as prescribed in the Additional Requirements which follow these rules; and

(c) attained at least Distinction standard in 18 credit points at 300 level in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed; and

(d) in the case of study in more than one subject, passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in one of the subjects and at least 48 credit points in the other subject(s). The exception in Rule 2.(b) shall apply to the subjects under this rule; and

(e) fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the school or disciplines concerned.

3. With the approval of the Head of School concerned a person who has fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the school to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2.(b), (c) and (d), may be admitted to the final honours course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

Additional Requirements

See Course Rules

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing shall not be awarded for the dissertation component.

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Admission to Candidature

1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School concerned.

2. Except as provided in Rule 3, a candidate for admission to the final honours course shall have:
(a) satisfied all requirements for admission to AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science or all requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degrees in The University of New England; and
(b) passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed, except that with the approval of the relevant head of school, up to 12 credit points in another subject may be substituted as prescribed in the Additional Requirements which follow these rules; and
(c) attained at least Distinction standard in 18 credit points at 300 level in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed; and
(d) in the case of study in more than one subject, passed units to the value of at least 60 credit points in one of the subjects and at least 48 credit points in the other subject(s). The exception in Rule 2.(b) shall apply to the subjects under this rule; and
(e) fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the school or disciplines concerned.

3. With the approval of the Head of School concerned a person who has fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the school to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2.(b), (c) and (d), may be admitted to the final honours course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing shall not be awarded for the dissertation component.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

1. To qualify for the degree a candidate shall complete a final honours course and pass the examination in one of the subjects listed in this rule, except that the school may approve a course of study including one or more of the subjects listed:

Ancient History

German

Philosophy

Archaeology

History

Political and International Studies

Asian Studies

Indonesian

Psychology

Chinese

Italian

Sociology

Classical Languages (Greek and Latin)

Japanese

Spanish

English

Linguistics

Studies in Religion

French

Media and Communications

Theatre and Performance

Geography

Music

Writing

2. A candidate for the program shall complete an advanced course work unit comprised of several integrated components to the value of 24 credit points in the relevant subject, and a dissertation component with a value of 24 credit points in the relevant subject.

3. Each Bachelor of Arts (Honours) candidate is required to spend periods in face-to-face consultation with his or her supervisor(s). The nature and extent of such consultation will be determined by the supervisors and Head of School after consultation with the candidate prior to commencement of each year of candidature.

4. A candidate may not enrol concurrently for other units at this University or at another institution, except that, upon the recommendation of the appropriate head of school, the course coordinator may grant permission to do so.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Total 48 cps

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Suspensions and Extensions to Candidature

The school concerned may grant an extension or suspension of candidature, or a combination of both, to full-time candidates for up to six months or to part-time candidates for up to 12 months as follows:
(a) to compensate by way of extension of candidature, a candidate for time lost by ill-health or unforeseeable and unavoidable difficulties; or
(b) to compensate by way of suspension of candidature, a candidate who produces evidence that he/she shall not be in a position to pursue work towards the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Re-enrolment

1. A full-time candidate may be granted special leave by the school concerned to re-enrol in a subsequent year if he or she withdraws from candidature by the census date of the teaching period in which they commenced.

2. A part-time candidate may withdraw from candidature up to the census date of the teaching period in which they commenced in the first year of enrolment without prejudice to the right to re-enrol in a succeeding year.

3. A part-time candidate who withdraws later than the census date in the second year of enrolment but prior to two months before the submission of the dissertation as required by the relevant head of school may re-enrol in the same subject for the degree, provided that:
(a) two years will have elapsed before such re-enrolment;
(b) the topic of study undertaken within the dissertation is different from that of the original enrolment.

4. A candidate who withdraws later than two months prior to the date on which the dissertation is required shall be deemed to have failed.

5. Unless a candidate shows good cause why such action should not be taken, the relevant Head of School may withdraw a candidate on the grounds of having failed to meet the requirements of the course and deem them to have failed in it.

6. A candidate who is deemed to have failed may, after a lapse of three years, be permitted to apply for re-admission to the course, provided the proposed work is in a different topic of study within the dissertation from that of the original enrolment.

Classes of Honours

There shall be three classes of honours, namely First Class Honours (H1), Second Class Honours, Division 1 (H2.1), Second Class Honours, Division 2 (H2.2) and Third Class Honours (H3).
An exceptionally distinguished candidate who has been awarded First Class Honours may be awarded a University Medal.

The final class of honours will be determined on the basis of marks awarded for both dissertation and course work with 50% allocated to each.

Calculation of Honours Result

The ratio of assessment components will equal the ratio of marks within the final grade. The calculation of results for each discipline can be found in the individual School's Honours Handbook.

Examination of Dissertation

1. The dissertation will be assessed by at least two examiners neither of whom will be the candidate's supervisor.
2. The dissertation examination processes are described in the individual School's Honours Handbook.

Submission of Dissertation

Submission of the dissertation will be 39 weeks from the commencement of the trimester in which a candidate is enrolled.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules - Plagiarism Investigation and Penalty Guidelines.

Additional Requirements for Entry to the Course

Ancient History
Requires at least 12 credit points in a Classical Language (eg Greek or Latin) or other language relevant to the intended area of study. With the permission of the Head of School, 12 credit points in a related subject may be substituted for the credit points required in a language.

Archaeology
Eighteen credit points in any other subject, deemed by the Head of the School of Humanities to be relevant to the candidate's proposed honours work may be substituted for 18 of the 60 credit points in Archaeology. Candidates for honours in Archaeology should normally have passed ARPA343 and ARPA356 at a standard of Credit or better, and should also have passed STAT100 or GEPL338 (Understanding Research) or an equivalent unit in statistics. Intending candidates are also required to show written evidence of having done at least four weeks relevant fieldwork.

Asian Studies
A candidate for Honours in Asian Studies shall have passed 60 credit points from those units listed in the Asian Studies major or equivalent units approved by the coordinator of Asian Studies. Intending candidates should apply to the coordinator of Asian Studies.

Chinese
CIJ coded units may be counted towards the 60 credit points required for Chinese, but OSLS units may not be counted. With the approval of the Head of the School of Arts, up to 12 credit points in a subject relevant to the chosen area of study may be substituted for units in Chinese.

Classics
A candidate for Honours in Classics shall have passed 60 credit points in Latin, Greek or Classical Languages and secured a Credit level pass or better in CLLA301 or equivalent.

Communication Studies
Up to 12 credit points in a subject deemed by the Head of the School of Arts to be relevant to the candidate's proposed Honours work may be substituted for an equal number of credit points in Media and Communications.

English
Up to 12 credit points in a subject deemed by the Head of the School of Arts to be relevant to the candidate's proposed Honours work may be substituted for an equal number of credit points in English.

French
A candidate for Honours in French shall pass at least 60 credit points in French excluding OSLS units. In addition to the standard rules candidates must secure a Credit or better in 48 of these credit points which must include 24 credit points at 300 level in French. With the permission of the Head of the School of Arts, 12 credit points in a related subject may be substituted for the credit points required in French.

Geography
Except with special permission of the Head of the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, a candidate for Honours in Geography shall have included GEPL338 (Understanding Research) or equivalent in his or her pass degree pattern of units.

German
A candidate for Honours in German shall have passed at least 60 credit points in German, excluding OSLS units. With the approval of the Head of the School of Arts, 12 credit points in a subject relevant to the chosen area of study may be substituted for units in German.

History
Except with special permission of the Head of the School of Humanities, a candidate for Honours in History shall have passed 60 credit points in History or Ancient History, of which at least 48 must be at 300 level. At the discretion of the Head of School, up to 18 credit points in any other subject deemed by the Head of School to be relevant to the candidate's proposed honours work, may be substituted for units in History.

Indonesian
CIJ coded units may be counted towards the 60 credit points required for Indonesian, but OSLS units may not be counted. With the approval of the Head of the School of Arts up to 12 credit points in a subject relevant to the chosen area of study may be substituted for units in Indonesian.

Italian
A candidate for Honours in Italian shall pass at least 60 credit points in Italian excluding OSLS units. In addition to the standard rules candidates must secure a Credit or better in 48 of these credit points which must include 24 credit points at 300 level in Italian. With the permission of the Head of the School of Arts, 12 credit points in a related subject may be substituted for the credit points required in Italian.

Japanese
A candidate for Japanese Honours in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree shall have passed 60 credit points in Japanese, which may include CIJ210 or equivalent, but not include OSLS391 or OSLS392, in his or her pass degree pattern of units. In addition, Japanese Honours candidates must have achieved 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300 or 400-level Japanese language units. Note that Japanese culture units will not count towards this requirement for 18 credit points at Distinction level. With the approval of the Head of the School of Arts, up to 12 credit points in a subject relevant to the chosen area of study may be substituted for units in Japanese.

Linguistics
Linguistics candidates must normally have completed at least two of the following units at Distinction level or better: LING305 (Meaning in Language), LING353 (The English Language), LING365 (Phonetics and Phonology) and LING369 (Morphology and Syntax). The following units offered in previous years LING312 (Phonology and Pronunciation), LING313 (Language Description), LING360 (Analysing Syntax) and LING368 (Formal Phonology) also satisfy this requirement. With the permission of the Head of the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences up to 12 credit points of Linguistics may be substituted by units in another relevant discipline.

Music
Except with the permission of the Head of the School of Arts, an applicant for admission to candidature shall have:
(a) passed 36 credit points in their principal area of Music and 24 credit points at 300 level in Music or another subject relevant to their proposed area of study and attained at least Distinction standard in three or more 300 level units in the principal areas of Music which he or she intends to pursue at Honours level;
(b) a reading knowledge of any language(s) relevant to the proposed topic for study;
(c) fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed by the Head of the School of Arts and approved by the faculty.

Political and International Studies
Except with special permission of the Head of the School of Humanities, a candidate for PAIS401H shall have completed the required 60 credit points from the units listed in either the International Studies Major or the Political Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts and shall have attained at least a GPA of 5.5 in those units.

Psychology
A candidate for Psychology honours in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree must have successfully completed an accredited major in Psychology within the past 10 years and have completed the following units (or equivalent) at a minimum GPA of 5.25:
(a) PSYC200, PSYC202, PSYC206 and PSYC213; and
(b) PSYC366, PSYC371 and PSYC372 plus at least 6 additional credit points of PSYC units at 300-level.

Note that satisfaction of these requirements does not guarantee a place in the program. The School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences imposes a quota on Psychology Honours enrolments. The closing date for all applications to enter honours in Psychology is 31 October in the year prior to that in which enrolment is sought.

Sociology
Except with special permission of the Sociology postgraduate coordinator, a candidate for Honours in Sociology shall have obtained 60 credit points in Sociology of which up to 12 credit points can be substituted by units in another related area; have three Distinctions or better in 300 level Sociology units; and have passed SOCY340 (Social Theory) and either SOCY333 (Qualitative Research Methods) or SOCY341 (Survey Methods) or SOCY345 (Mixed Methods in Social Research).

Spanish
A candidate for Honours in Spanish shall pass at least 60 credit points in Spanish excluding OSLS units. In addition to the standard rules candidates must secure a Credit or better in 48 of these credit points which must include 24 credit points at 300-level in Spanish. With the permission of the Head of School of Arts, 12 credit points in a related subject may be substituted for the credit points required in Spanish.

Studies in Religion
A candidate for Honours in Studies in Religion shall have passed 60 credit points in Studies in Religion and passed at least 36 credit points in Studies in Religion at 300 level, averaging at least a Credit.

Theatre and Performance
A candidate for Honours in Theatre Studies shall have passed 60 credit points in Theatre and Performance, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units, in his or her pass degree pattern of units.

Writing
Up to 12 credit points in a subject deemed by the Head of the School of Arts to be relevant to the candidate's proposed Honours work may be substituted for an equal number of credit points in Writing.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Arts with Honours offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced study and research in a broad range of disciplines across the University. The course provides a capstone to an undergraduate degree, prepares students for postgraduate study and establishes a sound basis for a successful future career.

The course aims to encourage students to:

(i) extend their intellectual range in their chosen field of study;

(ii) hone their research abilities;

(iii) hone their analytical and communication techniques;

(iv) develop the ability to think clearly and evaluate evidence and arguments;

(v) develop personal and professional skills required to work independently and collaboratively; and

(vi) develop an ethical and non-discriminatory work practice.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. independently apply a coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods;
  2. produce a dissertation that demonstrates original thinking, a high level of research skills and the ability to write critically;
  3. conduct and report independent research that contributes new knowledge to a particular discipline in a particular discipline and diverse circumstances;
  4. demonstrate enhanced communication proficiency within a discipline specific context; and
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the social and ethical issues in relation to their particular disciplinary areas with intellectual independence.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as well as highly developed knowledge of research principles and methods and an advanced comprehension of one particular area of study that the student has selected to research. Supervisors will guide students to identify important resources that will be used as the basis for their dissertation. This knowledge will then be assessed throughout the degree through a range of assessment tasks to be determined by the relevant discipline, including the dissertation.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have high level communication skills, oral and written, and be able to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences. Guided by their supervisor, these communication skills will be developed by students, when completing, for example, ethics applications, contacting potential research participants, conducting empirical and other research, communicating their ideas orally, and in the writing of the dissertation. The honing of these skills will stand students in good stead for the workplace.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence. With initiative and judgement these skills will enable students to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts. During the course of their studies, students will need to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources throughout their degree. Students will be taught how to evaluate and interpret information in a useful manner and will be assessed on their ability to deconstruct relevant literature and to integrate theoretical and critical approaches into their work.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to recognise pertinent information and will have the advanced cognitive skills to use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access, critically analyse and interpret information. They will have the cognitive skills to exercise critical and creative thinking and judgement in developing new understanding of a subject.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be aware of their professional responsibilities as a researcher to provide balanced and accurate research and data. In addition, students will be taught that they have a social responsibility to question and challenge some 'facts'.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have the research and critical thinking skills as well as intellectual capacity to enable them to continually further their learning. These attributes will be fostered throughout the honours program. Through completing the coursework and dissertation students will be provided with the necessary lifelong skills to be able to independently research, write about and discuss critical issues. These skills can be transferred to any discipline, will be useful in any career positions and are essentially lifelong competences.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to exercise responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice as well as the ability to work collaboratively with others within broad parameters. Students will be required to participate in professional, respectful and ethical discussions with their supervisor, and with other students, on issues associated with their area of study.

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