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Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to the planning and development of a research topic and commencement of a small research project. Students prepare a plan of research, including a timetable for completion, with the research study completed, presented and examined in the subsequent unit Planning Thesis II. Students are required to complete a literature review and a state-of-the-art appraisal of a contemporary planning topic.

Unit content

Topic 1: Literature Review
Topic 2: Information Resources Available
Topic 3: Project Scope
Topic 4: Writing a Thesis
Topic 5: Oral Defence

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
1identify a potential research area and explore existing knowledge on the subject.Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2critically review and evaluate the literature to clarify research objectives.CreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3define a research problem consistent with the time and resources available.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4formulate a research plan designed to produce an appropriate outcome.Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5explain and be able to justify a proposed plan in both written and oral presentation formats.Knowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

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

  1. identify a potential research area and explore existing knowledge on the subject.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. critically review and evaluate the literature to clarify research objectives.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. define a research problem consistent with the time and resources available.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. formulate a research plan designed to produce an appropriate outcome.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. explain and be able to justify a proposed plan in both written and oral presentation formats.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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