Individual supervision. Students are provided with a detailed course manual which contains information to assist them in meeting the specific requirements of this research-based unit of study.
The assessment requirements for the sequence of eight research units are designed to culminate in a major empirical thesis of 40,000 to 60,000 words. Research units are graded PASS/FAIL. In this unit, students are required to submit a complete draft of their thesis for review by their supervisor.
During this unit students will receive feedback on the following key generic skills:
- problem solving skills
- data analysis skills
- written and oral communication skills
The content of the research units varies according to the particular research project and the supervisor-supervisee working relationship. Within the supervision sessions it is expected that the supervisor will suggest reading materials, discuss reading and conceptual ideas, work with the student to plan the research project, give assistance with development or selection of appropriate measures and methodologies, give guidance with respect to ethics applications, data analysis and writing the thesis. It is expected that the student will read extensively, engage in high level conceptual analysis of written material and present that analysis in written form, plan an independent original empirical research project, present the project plan for feedback to a group of staff and students, negotiate all ethical approvals and permissions necessary for the study to proceed, recruit study participants, collate and analyse data, and develop the project into a written thesis of 40,000 to 60,000 words. In this unit, students should have completed a full draft of their entire thesis.