This unit provides students with the opportunity to conceptualise and contextualise their proposed research within appropriate disciplinary discourses and paradigms as they develop their candidature proposal. It will develop their capacity to recognise and contextualise research questions or hypotheses within those disciplinary frameworks, and provide them with the opportunity to explore theoretical frameworks and research methodologies and techniques in relation to their particular research area. Topics Include: disciplines and paradigms, engagement with the literature, epistemologies and the application of knowledge, and choosing theories and methods.
|1.||Formulate an original and significant research question or problem that their research will address;|
|2.||Demonstrate an understanding of the epistemological basis of their research discipline(s);|
|3.||Identify and specify how they will apply key theories and methodologies that relate to their area of research;|
|4.||Locate their research project within existing knowledge as represented in the literature;|
|5.||Justify their choice of theories and research methods and techniques within their chosen disciplinary framework(s); and|
|6.||Develop advanced skills of written and spoken academic communication.|
|Other||3 short writing tasks throughout the semester (600 words)||15%|
|Research Paper||Paper to outline location of the research problem/issue in relation to existing knowledge and research approaches in the discipline/field.||60%|
|Exercise||Abstract outlining proposed research project.||10%|
|Presentation||12 minute oral presentation on research problem.||15%|
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