ANCH402H Ancient History Hons Dissertation

Credit Points 24
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 1 Off Campus
Armidale Year Long Honours - Period 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)
Start Finish Attendance Notes
N/A N/A Mandatory 5 days in each trimester [ie 10 days in total]. By arrangement.
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites ANCH401H (part-time students)
Co-requisites ANCH401H (full-time students)
Restrictions ANCH400

Honours candidates only

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Matthew Dillon (
Unit Description

Candidates complete an extended research dissertation on an Ancient History research topic of their choice (subject to availability of supervision). They will work under the guidance of a supervisor to write a 17 000 word dissertation, based upon the student's own question and independent research. This involves formulating a research question and utilising higher order independent research skills and advanced analysis to combine a broad range of research materials. Candidates will also demonstrate a broad knowledge of the overall subject area and an understanding of methodological issues relating to Ancient History.

Prescribed Material


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Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Dissertation 100% 17,000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-4 GA: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6,7

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply advanced critical thinking skills and well developed judgement to formulate intellectually significant questions pertaining to a selected area of ancient history;
  2. demonstrate advanced knowledge of research principles and methodology and apply initiative and judgement to independently and execute a piece of ancient history research;
  3. apply advanced critical analysis of a broad range of research materials from various resources in order to answer their dissertation question; and
  4. generate solutions to the student's own question and research and write an extended research dissertation presenting a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students will deepen their knowledge of the discipline of ancient history particularly in their selected area of research.

True True True
Communication Skills

Through feedback on draft sections of the dissertation and oral communication with their supervisors, students will be taught to communicate effectively in the discipline of ancient history; Appropriate formal style and clarity of argument, expression and referencing are important criteria in the examination of the dissertation In writing their dissertation, students will practise written communication skills of a high order.

True True True
Global Perspectives

Students will be taught ancient history as a global discipline without national boundaries. They will be assessed on their capacity to understand religion as a global discipline dealing with global conceptual problems.

True True
Information Literacy

Students will deepen their knowledge of the discipline of ancient history particularly in their selected area of research.

True True True
Life-Long Learning

Students will be taught research, writing and presentation techniques that will equip them to a professional standard in contexts beyond the field of ancient history. This will influence them beneficially long after they conclude this honours unit. Students will be required to practise skills and techniques that have a direct bearing on their ability to operate and work in a range of other fields requiring these skills and techniques.

True True
Problem Solving

The writing of a dissertation will, by its very nature, teach students strategies for solving intricate problems that arise when thinking about social life and working out how to study it. These skills can be applied in a broad range of areas. Problem solving, especially as it relates to thinking about social life, will be directly assessed.A large part of this unit will involve the spelling out of intellectual problem and their resolution in theoretical and/or methodological terms.

True True True
Social Responsibility

Lecturers will advise students in relation to their research and writing in relation to the interpretation of texts, especially texts of other cultures than the students' own. Students are expected to practise such ethical approaches in writing up of their dissertation.

True True True
Team Work

Team work is part of the seminar process that all Honours students participate in as part of their candidature. At the dissertation writing stage this is apparent in the way they interact with supervisors and in their presentation of seminar papers.