Research Skills in Science

NPS30002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.



Aims and objectives

To develop the skills necessary to undertake a research project. To assist the student in identifying appropriate research topics and methodologies.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Independently find the necessary background knowledge (e.g. literature) required to support a research project.
2. Articulate a research question and the required research methodology for that question.
3. Judge whether or not to use qualitative or quantitative research methodologies.
4. Demonstrate experience in working as part of a group, including a reflective summary.
5. Recognise flaws in experimental design and develop strategies for minimising those flaws,
6. Apply tools of preparation required before undertaking a research project, for example; literature searching, scientific referencing, ethics application, time and resource management, experimental design.
7. Critically analyse the research methodology and experimental design in research articles.