Introduction to Research

    Unit code: NIT6130 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time
    VU Brisbane
    VU Sydney


    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.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

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

    Required reading

    Learning materials will be provided on VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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