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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

80

Course code

YINRE1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Diploma of Indigenous Research is designed for Indigenous students. It offers the opportunity to draw on your own knowledge, heritage and cultural traditions to carry out on-ground research work and learn about ways that research may contribute in positive ways to Indigenous people, places and futures.

If you are new to research, this course offers an introduction to key issues and themes, as well as the opportunity to develop practical skills informed by the place where you live and its law and knowledge.

If you are already exploring your own research projects, the course offers supervision and support, as well as the chance to meet other students exploring their own projects in other places.

If you are an experienced researcher, the course offers a way to demonstrate this and be recognised for the skills and practices that are important in your workplace or community and to the people and places with whom you work.

This course includes an on-ground research project where you will be supported to develop your own research work in urban or remote Aboriginal communities. All units in the course are available online and can be carried out in the places where you live and work.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

First nations people in ceremony

Why study Indigenous knowledges at CDU?

Study Indigenous Knowledges at CDU to ensure the advancement and preservation of Indigenous knowledge systems. We’re uniquely positioned to offer learnings from cultural experts so you can make change through careers in Indigenous policy, advocacy, research, or more.

  • Relevant to Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • Strong relationships with Indigenous community groups
  • Study full-time, part-time, online or on campus

What will I study?

The course requires the successful completion of 80 credit points of study. Fifty (50) credit points of core units provide an opportunity for the formalisation and recognition of Indigenous knowledge traditions and an orientation and cultural foundation to the ways in which knowledge is recorded and transmitted within the academy. Thirty (30) credit points of electives allows students an element of diversity in their studies, an ability to explore an area of specific interest, or to continue with research work of value to their own knowledge community.

Course structure


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Common Unit
(1 unit)
10cp Common units totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(5 units)
50cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below.

IND170 Indigenous Research: Guiding Principles
IND171 Indigenous Research: Principles to Practice
IND172 Introductory Indigenous Research Project (repeatable)
IAS124 Contested Knowledges (replaces IND173 in 2020)
IAS201 Cultural Capabilities (replaces IND200 in 2020)

Specialist Electives
(2 units)
20cp Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

ATI110 Indigenous Policymaking (no longer available from 2021)
IAS142  Ethics and Protocols in Indigenous Contexts (replaces IND130 in 2020)
IND172  Introductory Indigenous Research Project (repeatable)
IAS322  Research with Indigenous People (replaces INR200 in 2020)
IAS252  Language and Identity (unit title change 2022)
ATI230 Resourcing Community Action (no longer available from 2020. Students should discuss with the course coordinator a suitable replacement unit)
IAS223  Representing and Recording Country (replaces CIK210 in 2020)

  80cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a part-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
IND170 Indigenous Research: Guiding Principles CO IND171 Indigenous Research: Principles to Practice CO
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU IAS124 Contested Knowledges (replaces IND173 from 2020) CO
Year 2
IND200 Cultural Capabilities CO IND172 Introductory Indigenous Research Project CO
Speciailst Elective SE Specialist Elecitive SE

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a part-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    IND171 Indigenous Research: Principles to Practice CO
    CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU
Year 2
IND170 Indigenous Research: Guiding Principles CO IAS124 Contested Knowledges (replaces IND173 from 2020) CO
Specialist Elective SE IND172 Introductory Indigenous Research Project CO
Year 3
IAS201 Cultural Capabilities CO    
Specialist Elective SE    

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT multiple choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Consideration will also be given to applicants that do not meet the University's minimum entry requirements who have relevant professional experience and knowledge in Indigenous work.

Additional admission requirements

Applicants will need to have the ability to draw on important cultural knowledge and experiences, and observe relevant cultural protocols in the use of that knowledge to successfully complete this course. Applicants must contact the College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts by email cifea_qateam@cdu.edu.au to arrange a short interview to discuss suitability prior to submitting an application.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Median rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Highest rank to receive an offer <5 <5

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/P
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

<5 N/P
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

<5 N/P
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

<5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students <5 N/P

Notes
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Diploma of Indigenous Research
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Sector
HE
Area of study
Indigenous Knowledges, Arts

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
116241
591060
Online (CSP)
116241
591060
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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