LismoreSession 3Session 3
OnlineSession 3Session 3

Unit description

Introduces professional doctorate candidates to the basics of writing an effective literature review and rigorous research proposal. Students undertake a literature search and prepare a review of the literature in a critical manner that will identify the central problems in the field of study and summarise the major contributions of the area of study as the basis for developing the more comprehensive literature review required for their thesis. The final research proposal will identify a research problem and the major research concepts involved; and outline the basic theory underlying the problem. The research proposal should also justify the approach recommended to investigate the research problem or issue.

Unit content

Candidates are required to write a detailed research proposal of approximately 15,000 words, including a comprehensive literature review, discussion of a proposed research methodology and assessment of potential disciplinary contribution and impact.

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

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Residential session (x 4 days)
Draft Research Proposal30%
Research Proposal50%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours  (12 weeks)
Residential session (x 4 days )
Draft Research Proposal30%
Research Proposal50%

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Fee information


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