Unit description

Provides students with advanced knowledge of the research paradigms, questions and methods relevant to the study of gastronomic tourism. Under the supervision of the Unit Assessor and a designated academic staff member, students pursue an independently researched project of their choice. Assessment tasks focus on developing good literature search skills, sound research questions and a strong research proposal. The unit culminates in the writing of a researched thesis.

Unit content

Topic 1 An introduction to social research in gastronomic tourism
Topic 2 Choosing from research paradigms and ontologies
Topic 3 Researching gastronomic tourism: methodologies and methods
Topic 4 Reviewing the literature and developing research questions
Topic 5 Developing a research proposal
Topic 6 Writing a research thesis

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


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Fee information


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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