Overview

Students will learn how to professionally conduct research/project, present research/project objectives, write research/project proposals and write research/project reports/ papers.

Requisites

Teaching periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
31-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Identify the basic principles of academic research and the fundamental concepts of research methodology
  • Interpret and critically evaluate previously published work in a formal literature review
  • Describe the characteristic features of common research methods and debate their relative merits
  • Identify a research question (or project problem/objective) and justify the selection of an appropriate and ethically managed research method
  • Produce a written research/project proposal/report/paper and effectively present information in an oral presentation

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
Lecture
2.00 6 weeks 12
On-campus
Lecture
2.00 6 weeks 12
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
10.50 12 weeks 126
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
Project PresentationIndividual 10 - 30% 1,4 
Project ReportIndividual 50 - 70% 1,2,3,4,5 
TestIndividual 10 - 30% 1,2,3 

Content

  • Defining research
  • Specifying roles of student and supervisor
  • Developing a research/project question/problem/objective
  • Presentation  techniques
  • Reviewing the literature
  • Planning research/project design
  • Ethics
  • Writing a research/project proposal
  • Critical thinking
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Writing a research paper and a technical report with corresponding writing skills

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.