Knowledge, Inquiry and Research

Unit code: ABA1002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park
Online Real Time


This unit introduces students to the world of academic research and familiarises them with a selection of methods employed across the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In focussing on the theme of biography, the unit examines how different academic disciplines approach research and identifies the differences between obtrusive and unobtrusive methods. In developing a research proposal, students will identify a suitable research topic, formulate a key question, and design a suitable method for undertaking research.  In doing so, they are planning for the theoretical, logistical and ethical challenges confronting real world research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and analyse the key features of research undertaken within the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences;
  2. Formulate a research topic, key question and suitable research method;
  3. Design and present a simple research proposal;


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
Short (3 – 5 minute) presentation on a potential topic of inquiry
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Research Proposal - Develop a written research proposal (1000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Present a research proposal suitable for a small research project

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