This unit of study is the first part of the Research Thesis and provides students the opportunity, under guidance from a supervisor, to develop a research question and write a thesis on topics related to community development or digital media. The final topic will be negotiated between the student and supervisor and will be a research area within the field of community development or digital media either in Australian and/or international context. The research will usually be text-based, but may include fieldwork to gather data. The student who undertakes fieldwork must demonstrate a high-level knowledge of ethical fieldwork procedures and seek timely ethics approval.

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AAA5002 - Research Methods

Students must have scored 75% or above in AAA5002 Research Methods in order to undertake ASA6003 Research Thesis (Part 1) and ASA6004 Research Thesis (Part 2).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate and distil previous research in a designated area;  
  2. Critically reflect on a range of conceptual and empirical materials and justify conclusions;  
  3. Argue findings through written communication;  
  4. Conceptually map the intersection between theory and practice;  
  5. Elucidate potential ethical problems and implement ethical research processes under supervision; and  


Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Reviewing the literature relevant to the topic of study Pass/Fail
Assignment Developing a comprehensive research proposal with the guidance of the supervisor Pass/Fail
Other Complete and submit ethics application to be reviewed by VU's ethics committee (where applicable) Pass/Fail
During the first part of this unit students will learn, under supervision, by doing the preliminary steps of the research process to allow time for data collection in the intervening period. Each assignment is designed as separate research/learning milestones for students to complete the research thesis. Feedback will be provided in each research milestone to prepare students for the final thesis submission. Students are required to submit a completed research thesis of 15,000-20,000 words by the end of ASA6004 Research Thesis (Part 2).

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