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Developing Research Skills and Methods (BAR200)

Organisational Unit College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces students to research principles and methodologies across disciplines in the Bachelor of Communication. It provides skills in data gathering, analysis and interpretation for knowledge creation, and guides students in the design of their own research projects. The unit aims to enchance student's scholarly skills and employability by exposing students to research principles, methods and research ethics.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Identify research gap in the existing literature on a topic;
2. Design research questions in light of the literature in the discipline;
3. Write a literature review;
4. Comprehend the research conventions of your discipline;
5. Recognize a range of research methodologies in Social Science;
6. Develop an appropriate research method for your research;
7. Employ various methodologies to problem solving;
8. Apply accepted ethical principles in your research.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week (for entire semester); tutorials: 1 x 1.5 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences BAR200 requires students to attend a one hour lecture, and a one and a half hour workshop per week (or equivalent online discussions for external students), which amounts to a total of two and half hours per week. Furthermore, students are expected to spend an additional 8 hours per week on library research, online journal research, engaging with the weekly required readings, as well as preparing for and completing each of the assessment tasks.
Other Learning Experiences A compulsory Conference Day for presenting Research Posters. External students who are unable to attend the Conference Day will present their posters online.
Assessment The four assessment components are designed to test student comprehension of research principles, research methodologies, as well as the application of research skills.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have completed COM200 Communication Research may not enrol in this unit for credit.

Previously 2014: 'Bachelor of Arts Research Skills Unit'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Arts (BA) [New in 2019]
Communication and Media Studies (BA) [New in 2014]
Community Development (BA)
English and Creative Writing (BA)
English and Creative Writing (BA) [New in 2014]
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
History (BA)
Indonesian (BA)
Indonesian (BA) [New in 2014]
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Japanese (BA)
Japanese (BA) [New in 2014]
Journalism (BA) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Philosophy (BA)
Public Relations (BA) [New in 2014]
Sociology (BA)
Sustainable Development (BA)
Theatre and Drama (BA)
Theatre and Drama (BA) [New in 2014]
Tourism and Events (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA) [New in 2014]
Web Communication (BA) [New in 2014]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Melissa Merchant
Professional Learning Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2086
e: M.Merchant@murdoch.edu.au
o: 350.4.037 - Building 350, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
Dr Yingchi Chu
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2993
e: Y.Chu@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.059 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Melissa Merchant
Professional Learning Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2086
e: M.Merchant@murdoch.edu.au
o: 350.4.037 - Building 350, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Michelle Carey

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6593
e: M.Carey@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.054 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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