This unit follows on directly from ACG6021 and allows students to develop an extended and independent research project, as an individual project or with a research partner. The topic and research questions will be chosen by the student and developed under the mentorship of a research supervisor and peer researchers.

The project will be designed and conducted over the duration of a semester and written up in the form of a 4,000 word dissertation or research report (8000-10000 for students working in pairs). In this unit students will use the project to develop and refine advanced skills in research, conceptual and critical thinking, writing and project management.

Students are encouraged to use the project not only as a formal requirement but also as an opportunity to build assets that contribute towards their professional portfolios and development. It is expected that students participate in workshop style tutorials that are part of this unit, and work closely with a supervisory panel.

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8 postgraduate units or equivalent from the Communication or Digital Media program


ACG6021 - Research Methodologies

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit a capacity to implement and report on a research project;  
  2. Work collaboratively with a research supervisor and participate in discussion and group activities and be sensitive to the participation of others;  
  3. Design and conduct a research project through its various stages after design and planning including data collection, analysis, drafting and write-up;  
  4. Conduct independent scholarly and/or industry research which is referenced to a body of literature;  
  5. Investigate topics of relevance and set appropriate research objectives to a sophisticated level; and  
  6. Analyse and evaluate theory, arguments and understand the various approaches to planning, writing and editing an extended piece of independent research.  


word length 4,000
Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Research Project Presentation 20%
Project Research Project Report 80%

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