This unit enables students to develop an extended research project, as an individual or a team member. The research project will focus on a current pressing issue for the workplaces students will enter into. Students will use the project to develop and refine advanced skills in research, conceptual and critical thinking, writing and project management. The project will be designed and conducted over the duration of a semester and written up in the form of a research report (8000-10000 words, creative work can contribute to the word count). Students can submit practical work as part of their report. 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.

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8 postgraduate units or equivalent from the Digital Media program

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 25%
Project Research Project / Report (Draft) 20%
Project Research Project / Report (Final) 55%

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