To prepare students for ICT research in non-academic contexts such as legal, government, commercial and software production environments.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe the practices used in real-world research including legal, commercial and ethical frameworks
  • Describe the characteristic features of real-world research methods and debate their relative merits
  • Compare, evaluate and select suitable research methods appropriate to a body of research
  • Make decisions based on social, culture and ethical issues and understand the values expounded in professional practices in diverse contexts
  • Research the literature, and compare viewpoints and arguments and identify gaps in knowledge
  • Interpret and critically evaluate previously published material in a formal literature review

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Case ReviewIndividual 5 - 10% 1,4,5 
Method ReviewIndividual 15 - 30% 2,3,5,6 
PresentationGroup 5 - 15% 1,2,3,4,5,6 
Research ProposalGroup 20 - 45% 1,2,3,4,5,6 


  • Ethical, legal and commercial constraints to research
  • Current research practices in industry, government and not-for-profit organisations
  • Research methods including quantitative, qualitative, action, statistical research
  • Techniques and tools for sourcing information and referencing
  • Formal writing
  • Presentation skills

Study resources

Reading materials

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