Research Thesis (Part 1)

Unit code: ASA6003 | Study level: Postgraduate
24
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park
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).
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)
Overview
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Overview

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 to 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 Human Ethics approval. A supervisor is allocated to each student. Students are required to submit a completed research thesis of 15,000-20,000 words by the end of Research Thesis (Part 2).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Exemplify collaborative and ethical conduct in research and communicating research outcomes;
  2. Conduct a substantial independent research project under supervision with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;
  3. Critically review relevant and current principal scholarly literature/s relating to the thesis topic;
  4. Interrogate and challenge complex information, and synthesise a range of conceptual and empirical materials to draw defensible conclusions; and
  5. Authoritatively and effectively elucidate structured, coherent ideas in a written composition (or a negotiated alternative if choosing a creative work option) at a standard acceptable for academic peer review.

Assessment

For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Other
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Grade: 100%
Submission of research proposal.

Required reading

Texts and other resources will be advised by the supervisor.

As part of a course

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