Enhancing Research Capability provides an opportunity for students to gain mastery of an extended body of knowledge and advanced research skills in areas of research practice which have been identified as relevant to their research project but are not covered elsewhere in the VU coursework program. Through negotiation with an Academic Supervisor and by agreement with their Institute, students identify a particular need they have and then embark on an agreed program of activities offered elsewhere in the University or externally, and/or a guided, largely independent in-depth critical study in the relevant area, in conformity with the learning volume and outcome of AQF 9. Via an agreed Learning Needs Analysis, students have a level of independence and flexibility in negotiating with the academic supervisor regarding the content of the unit and how they will evidence their learning.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Undertake a specified set of advanced cognitive, technical and creative research skills, which may include critical analysis, reflection, and synthesis of complex information, problems, concepts and theories, necessary to successfully conduct their Year 1 research project (AQF9) as identified in their Learning Needs Analysis, agreed with their academic supervisor  
  2. Interpret and transmit knowledge gained as a result of the specified set of advanced cognitive, technical and creative research skills to specialist and/or non-specialist audiences  
  3. Demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Formal assessment where required by activity/ies undertaken Eg assignment, test, essay etc for a whole unit undertaken or part (1500-2000 words) 30%
Portfolio Portfolio including a Learning Needs Analysis agreed with the academic supervisor and a critical reflection (2500-3500 words) 70%
Total word equivalence is 4500-5500 words. Relative value of the two assessments may be varied as appropriate to the curriculum negotiated between student and academic supervisor.

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