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HI3284 - Researching Local History

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 03
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

The subject will demonstrate how to research Australian local history, using North Queensland topics as examples. Students will learn skills in oral history, document and photograph interpretation, using archives and research libraries, and using material historical remains.

Learning Outcomes

  • assist students to acquire skills in finding, collating and analysing historical data, and the skills necessary to write a research work in history;
  • introduce students to advanced research skills in local history; research primary source material in archives and general libraries; use oral history collecting skills; use photographs and other material records;
  • develop an understanding of the issues involved in researching and writing local history.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
HI3240 HI3280 HI5284


Cairns, Block, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Non-standard start/end 04-Jul-2011 to 18-Nov-2011
Face to face teaching 04-Jul-2011 to 09-Jul-2011 (Classes will occur on Cairns Campus and at other locations in Cairns)
Coord/Lect: Dr Janice Wegner.
Contact hours:
  • 48 hours - Block mode for 6 days, 9 am to 5 pm
    Assessment: quizzes or tests (10%); major research essay (60%); research portfolio (30%).
    Special Assessment Requirements: Attendance on all six days is required for successful completion of the subject. The major assignment is due 2 months after face to face teaching has finished.

    Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.