There is a paucity of material available to support supervisors of honours and coursework dissertation students in Australian universities. Most universities provide policy and procedural documents relating to undergraduate, honours and master’s dissertation supervision, but limited information is provided on the practice of supervision. Previous research suggests a mismatch between supervisor and student expectations of the supervisory relationship and uncertainties surrounding good supervisory practice.
In 2013 Associate Professor Lynne Roberts at Curtin University was granted an Office for Learning and Teaching National Teaching Fellowship to identify, develop and disseminate best practice in supporting honours and coursework dissertation supervision. Lynne interviewed new supervisors, students and dissertation coordinators to identify common supervisory issues and perceptions of what 'good' supervision entailed. Workshops with experienced supervisors identified best practices for dealing with issues surrounding supervision. On this website you will find a range of material resulting from this project: