Research Thesis (Part 1)

Unit code: ASA6003 | Study level: Postgraduate
(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)


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.
  6. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement in academic texts and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Other
Grade: 100%
Submission of research proposal.
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

Required reading

Texts and other resources will be advised by the supervisor.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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