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Unit description

Learners develop a proposed research project, from conception of an idea to preparation of a study protocol. Learners discover how to formulate a research question, reviewing the literature, critically appraise the literature, develop a research justification statement, and define the parameters of a research project (including the aims, objectives, design, outcomes, data collection methods and data analysis procedures). Learners also realise how to prepare a study protocol as a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Unit content

Topic 1: Research project management

Topic 2: Establishing a clear, succinct research question

Topic 3: Reviewing and appraising the literature and preparing a justification statement

Topic 4: Developing a research protocol

Topic 5: Data collection methods

Topic 6: Data analysis procedures

 

 

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the principles and strategies for effective research project managementIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2demonstrate capacity to develop a clear, succinct research question Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
3compose a well-supported, current and persuasive research justification statement Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4formulate a comprehensive and defendable research protocolIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5critically examine the purpose, benefits and limitations of different data collection methodsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
6critically evaluate the purpose, assumptions and limitations of diverse data analysis proceduresIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

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

  1. describe the principles and strategies for effective research project management
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. demonstrate capacity to develop a clear, succinct research question
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. compose a well-supported, current and persuasive research justification statement
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. formulate a comprehensive and defendable research protocol
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. critically examine the purpose, benefits and limitations of different data collection methods
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. critically evaluate the purpose, assumptions and limitations of diverse data analysis procedures
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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