Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Samanthi Gunawardana


This unit provides students with high level skills in research design, research methods and effective and ethical research practice. Topics covered include successful research design, advanced qualitative methods, advanced quantitative methods, ethical research practices, data analysis and fieldwork practice. Students complete both written and oral presentations in these areas.


On successful completion of this units students will be able to:

  1. Apply advanced skills in research design;
  2. Apply advanced skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  3. Demonstrate grounded knowledge of and practice in applying appropriate data collection, analysis and fieldwork practices for research;
  4. Apply knowledge of ethical research practices;
  5. Demonstrate high level written and oral skills required for postgraduate study.


Research proposal(6000 words): 65%
Oral presentation(3000 words): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hour seminar per week plus 22 hours of independent study per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study