Unit description

Develops students’ understanding of the principles and practices of efficient organisation and the range of technological tools available to them to enhance their research practice. The unit is intended for higher degree students and researchers who are working on their own research projects. Students will be encouraged to apply the principles and tools as far as possible to their own work.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction and technical fundamentals
Topic 2 Personal management strategies
Topic 3 Workspace organisation
Topic 4 Writing efficiency
Topic 5 Communication and networking strategies
Topic 6 Literature searching – catalogues, databases, the Web
Topic 7 Literature management and organisation
Topic 8 Data collection technologies
Topic 9 Data analysis technologies
Topic 10 Using technology to support presenting and publishing research

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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