Independent Study: Directed Study

The course Independent Study will foster the development of independent study and research skills such as reading and critiquing the scientific literature, formulating scientific questions, and integrating knowledge into a coherent synthesis. Students undertake a program of reading and synthesis of ideas under the guidance of an OIST faculty member acquainted with the field. Students should, in consultation with the Supervising Faculty, prepare a plan of the study, carry out the appropriate reading, and then describe the results of their study in a substantial report or essay.   This course may be taken in any one term, and should be completed within the period of that term.  The due date for all work will be at the end of the current term.

Student and supervising faculty should agree on the extent of supervision provided, such as timing and format of face-to-face meetings, progress checks, and so on. This should be detailed in the proposal, and the student should commit to this undertaking. 


The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity for independent learning on a topic that a particular student may wish to study individually, with appropriate guidance from OIST Faculty.
Course Content: 

Tutorial style under supervision of an OIST faculty member.

As each topic will be a unique project with its own requirements, there is no fixed schedule. Supervising faculty and student are expected to meet regularly until the study objectives are concluded.  A minimum of 20 hours of instruction is expected, with additional time for readings and exercises.

Independent Studies must be completed within the boundaries of a regular term, and not cross terms without prior arrangement.

Please submit your request for Independent Study: Directed Study using THIS FORM.  

The proposal for independent study should outline the material to be covered, and describe assessment items and tasks.  Material that is delivered by set readings, exercises, and discussions at OIST are regarded as 'taught components', and must be assessed by the Tutor using some form of written assessment. Online material may be added as needed.

After completion, the Tutor (an OIST Professor) will be asked to provide an evaluation of the assessment item.

Grades for this course are only Pass or Fail.  If you enroll (after the proposal is approved, enrolment is automatic), you must complete or a Fail grade will be awarded. If not approved, you will be notified. If you require an extension, please contact Curriculum and Programs team before the specified end date.

Course Type: 
Written assessment of some form is required. Graded as Pass/Fail.