This unit develops investigative skills required to conduct research in industry, at a postgraduate coursework level or within a higher degree by research. Students will be introduced to scientific research design, methodologies, and techniques. Students will gain advanced skills to conduct research in Science and Technology disciplines and to prepare them for carrying out independent research in thesis units. They will be trained in writing a research proposal and subsequently develop their research project. Instruction will be provided in conducting a critical literature review to contextualize proposed research. Students will learn to critically evaluate ethical issues related to their topic. Oral and written communication skills will be developed through research activities.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
NIT6130

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on the current state of an aspect of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based on the existing literature;  
  2. Articulate research concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences;  
  3. Design and develop strategies for the methodologies and formulate the research questions and/or hypotheses;  
  4. Prepare and critically evaluate research plans for future research; and  
  5. Critically discuss social and ethical issues in research.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Literature reviews (2) (20% each) 40%
Assignment Research Methodology and Design 40%
Report Research Proposal and Ethics Issues (hurdle) 20%

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