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Foundations of Research (9132.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Journalism & Creative Writing



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    Research is any systematic investigation that aims to solve problems, to answer questions, or to make discoveries. As such, the ability to undertake research, and to understand its results, are key skills in most professions. The purpose of this foundational unit is to demystify the process of research and to introduce you to its fundamentals. It aims to equip you with an understanding of the nature, place, and significance of research in society, and the strengths and limitations of different research approaches, as well as basic skills in using key research methods, and in analysing and communicating the results of research effectively.

    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. discuss the concept of research and its significance in contemporary society;

    2. outline the major research methods, and their main strengths and limitations;

    3. use key research methods to answer a question or address a problem;

    4. synthesise and communicate the results obtained from some key research methods;

    5. appreciate the place of scholarly literature in a process of investigation.

    Contact Hours

    3 hours/week





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    Equivalent Units

    8132 Influence, Belief and Argument

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