Students select, develop and methodologically frame a research question, in an area of communication or public relations research that is timely and significant. Students then develop a sustained research programme to address this question. Students may select (depending on skills and background) to respond to the research question in either a creative or tradtional approach.

Working with individual supervision, students identify, shape, conduct, evaluate and clearly communication their research.

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A Distinction Average must be attained and a High Distinction in ACG5200. Pre approval must be requested from the unit co ordinator.


ACG6021 - Research Methodologies

The unit ACG6021 Research Methodologies must be taken alongside this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Work autonomously over a sustained period of research;  
  2. Identify an academic research question, and plan and execute a research project;  
  3. Select and employ appropriate research methods, to collect and analyse data;  
  4. Synthesise and apply complex concepts and theories in communication studies; and  
  5. Write in highly accurate language and master technical protocols of academic writing to a high standard.  


Progress towards completion of the minor thesis is graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory only in minor thesis part one. Satisfactory progress includes: Refinement of the research question; Overview plan of the project, including an outline of the thesis structure; Significant progress in development of a literature review; Significant progress in data collection. This grade will be amended to accord with the final graded project on completion of minor thesis part two.
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Thesis 10,000 - 15,000 words, or equivalent creative project, with exegetical component. Pass/Fail

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