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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ACG6021 - Research Methodologies

ACG6100 - Minor Thesis (Part-Time) Part One

An average Distinction grade must be achieved across at least eight coursework units of the graduate program in Communication, Public Relations or Digital Media. These units must include all the core units of the Graduate Diplomas in Communication, Public Relations or Digital Media. A High Distinction must be achieve in the unit ACG5200 Approaches to Research. In addition the units ACG 6021 (Research Methodologies) and ACG6100 (Minor thesis part one) must be completed.

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 techical protocols of academic writing to a high standard.  


ACG6200 is examined by two independent examiners.
Assessment type Description Grade
Thesis 10,000 - 15,000 words, or equivalent creative project, with exegetical component. 100%

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