Individual Investigation

Learning Area (Counts towards the Humanities Requirement)

Are you interested in space or sustainability; ancient history or the environment; film criticism or social media? It is completely up to you. Individual Investigation builds on students’ understanding from Year 9 of what constitutes a good research question and good research. Each student selects the field they want to investigate and develops a research question they want to answer. They gather, interpret and evaluate evidence in order to answer the research question that they choose. Students conduct a review of some relevant literature and begin to develop research project management knowledge and skills and ways of effectively presenting and communicating research findings. Students select their research focus from a broad range of research methods and explore their comparative suitability for the investigation of particular questions. They record each step of their work in the Individual Investigation Journal.

The skills that students develop in this study are transferable to any higher education course or vocational education and training program.

The skills that students develop in this study are directly transferable to the VCE Extended Investigations subject.


Areas of Study

Critical thinking
Developing a research question
Undertaking research
Presenting the final research report
Defending the final research report



Questions and possibilities



The Individual Investigation Journal
Critical Thinking Exercises
Oral Presentation of the research question and methodology
A Literature review
Final written report (2000 - 2500 words)