ISL599 Guided Research in Islamic Studies (16)

This subject is an independent guided study and research on an approved topic in a chosen field of Islamic Studies. Students are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of appropriate research methodology together with advanced written and oral communication skills through the preparation and presentation of a substantial research paper on a topic agreed to in consultation with a supervisor.


Session 1 (30)
United Theological College
Session 2 (60)
United Theological College
Session 3 (90)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL599. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Islamic Studies
Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies
Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours)

Assumed Knowledge

Students will need to have a foundational knowledge in Islamic Studies by completing other subjects on Islamic Studies before attempting the guided research.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss critical issues arising from study in a selected Islamic Studies theological field;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate academic engagement and communication skills through interaction with a supervisor;
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the literature relevant to their research question;
  • be able to reflect critically on the literature relevant to their research question; and
  • be able to demonstrate independent research, organisational and written communication skills through the preparation and presentation of a substantial research essay in a select Islamic studies field.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The supervisor will give guidance to the student in the following areas:
  • Management of a research project
  • Literature reviews and surveys
  • Collection and analysis of data
  • Evaluation and interpretation of analysis
  • Written presentation of research findings
  • Professional issues associated with research, including ethics and supervision
  • Preparation for publishing findings in appropriate journals

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL599 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Engagement and participation
Annotated bibliography
Presentation of proposal
Written proposal
Final research paper

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.