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Research

Objectives

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills and processes;
  • Demonstrate their understanding of a research process;
  • Access, analyse and evaluate a wide range of research resources;
  • Write short assignments (critical analysis of texts and reflections);
  • Complete a major research project on an issue of their own choice;
  • Consult with supervisors to achieve research objectives

Course outline

Semester One

Students develop and apply critical thinking skills to a variety of texts and to their own work. The first assessment item focuses on the analysis of a group of texts in order to arrive at a personal position on an issue. In the second assignment, students choose a set of materials which are used as the basis of discussion and reflection. For the third assessment item, students develop a research plan that will be followed in semester two.

Semester Two

In the second semester, students follow a research process in order to complete a research project of approximately 4000 words on an issue of their choice. This research process is recorded in the Major Research Assignment Consultation document, which is also assessed.

Assessment

This subject teaches to and assesses students on their competence in respect of the following units of competency:

  • QLD204RES01A Conduct research within discipline and academic research guidelines

In addition, students' work is graded in accordance with the following table:

SEMESTER 1

Assessment 
Assessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

A

Minor Research Assignment

10%

B

Reflections

10%

C

Major Research Assignment Plan

15%

 

Total

35%

SEMESTER 2

AssessmentAssessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

D

Major Research Assignment Portfolio

15%

E

Major Research Assignment

65%

 

Total

65%