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Advanced Research Methods (ART604)

Organisational Unit College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description The unit will introduce basic research topics: constructing a thesis, referencing and bibliographies; and some of the fundamental approaches used in the various disciplines of Social Sciences and Humanities. Students undertaking the unit must have a research supervisor, and enrol in the unit during the period they are beginning their research.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Know a variety of research methods and approaches in the School of Arts
2. Identify and understand the basic research method or approach suitable to your own thesis
3. Formulate your own thesis
4. Begin research into the bibliography and literature review or methodology appropriate to your thesis
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit is offered in an intensive mode weeks 1-7 of semester with one (1) three-hour seminar each week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit combines timetabled learning through seminars with a strong self-study component (particularly relevant for Honours and Masters research students). Academics who have experience with carrying out their own research, supervising and examining theses, as well as being experts in their fields, will deliver the unit content to students and lead discussion regarding issues and challenges arising. Students are expected to read the core readings for each session and participate on a weekly basis (internal and external).
Assessment 1. Annotated bibliography 50% (15 key sources; maximum 100 words each entry)
The purpose of this piece of work is to show evidence that a student has done extensive and thorough work on references relevant to their research project. It should comprise a list of the most important primary and secondary sources, including any appropriate theses in the field.
2. Critical introduction to your research 50% (3000 words)
This assessment task should include the aims of the research project; its thesis; and highlight critical questions to be addressed in the project. It should have the outlines of a literature review. Style and correct grammar are important, as this is a piece of extensive prose.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Honours or a graduate-level (AQF level 9) course.
Notes It is imperative that students undertaking the unit have a research supervisor, and enrol in the unit during the period they are beginning their actual research dissertation or project.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Previously 2013: SSH604
2014: 'Advanced Social Science Research Methods'; 2013: 'Research Methods in Social Sciences and Humanities'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Asian Studies Honours (BA(Hons))
Australian Indigenous Studies Honours (BA(Hons))
Communication Honours (BCommun(Hons))
Community Development Honours (BA(Hons))
Creative Media Honours (BCrMedia(Hons))
English and Creative Writing Honours (BA(Hons))
History Honours (BA(Hons))
Philosophy Honours (BA(Hons))
Religion Honours (BA(Hons))
Sociology Honours (BA(Hons))
Theatre and Drama Honours (BA(Hons))
Tourism and Events Honours (BA(Hons))
Master of Asian Studies (MAsianSt)
Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) [New in 2016]
Master of Communication (MCommun)
Master of Divinity (MDiv) [New in 2014]
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Professor Vijay Mishra
Professor English and Comparative Literature

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t: 9360 2323
e: V.Mishra@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.075 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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