Unit description

Introduces researchers studying or working in the field of science to the range of theoretical frameworks which may inform different types of scientific research and to the methods and methodologies which may be employed in the scientific research process. Encourages students to acquire the skills necessary to carry out, produce and report well designed and articulated research proposals and projects.

Unit content

  1. Orientation: the nature of research; types of research.

  2. The processes of developing a research project: planning and design; identifying the scope and range of a research project; the research design; research methods; formulating research questions; articulating research aims; the ethics of research

  3. Writing a research proposal: identification and articulation of theoretical frameworks and knowledge gaps relevant to your topic; literature reviews, identification and articulation of methodology; writing the text; citation and referencing; articulating expected outcomes; budget justification

  4. Introduction to research dissemination skills (scientific writing)

Content will depend on the individual honours project.

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

Prescribed texts

Session 3

  • Individual students will be guided towards prescribed texts by their project supervisor since each project is individually supervised and each topic will require specific texts. Students will be guided towards readings by their project supervisor but all students should, however, read widely in their discipline regarding both substantive content and methodological approaches: ., ..
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Self-directed project 300 (1)
Project proposalSR

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


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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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