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This unit introduces students to the world of academic research and familiarises them with a selection of methods employed across the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In focussing on the theme of biography, the unit examines how different academic disciplines approach research and identifies the differences between obtrusive and unobtrusive methods. In developing a research proposal, students will identify a suitable research topic, formulate a key question, and design a suitable method for undertaking research.  In doing so, they are planning for the theoretical, logistical and ethical challenges confronting real world research.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
ABA1002

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and analyse the key features of research undertaken within the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences;  
  2. Formulate a research topic, key question and suitable research method;  
  3. Design and present a simple research proposal;  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Short (3 – 5 minute) presentation on a potential topic of inquiry 20%
Assignment Part A – outline of the aims of the research and key question (250 words) 10%
Assignment Part B – outline of the rationale for the chosen method (250 words) 10%
Assignment Part C – refined and edited version of parts A & B (500 words) 20%
Presentation Develop and present a research proposal suitable for a small research project 40%

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