Communication Research Skills - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Case Study - Research Case Study (20%) , Research Assignment - Research Report (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,375.00
International 2,625.00

Communication Research Skills equips students with foundational knowledge and skills needed to research a range of communication forms, practices, audiences, and institutions. It is comprised of two modules. Foundations (Weeks 1-5) deals with the following topics: using the university library and other information resources; academic writing formats, skills and strategies; effective study practices and habits; and the work contexts and ethics of communication research. Methods (Weeks 6-10) introduces key methodologies used in researching communication texts, practices and users/audiences: semiotic analysis, content analysis, quantitative techniques, and qualitative techniques.

 At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. use library and other information resources effectively
  2. work efficiently and confidently in the postgraduate communications program
  3. read, comprehend and write in key academic and other writing formats
  4. conduct semiotic analyses of how texts signify meanings and how users interpret them
  5. choose and use appropriate techniques of content analysis for specific research tasks
  6. understand and use quantitative and qualitative methods to research communications texts, formats, practices, and users/audiences.
  • Case Study — Research Case Study (20%)
  • Research Assignment — Research Report (40%)
  • Review — Literature Review (20%)
  • Seminar — Seminar and Discuss Board (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introducing Communication Research Skills
2Library and other research resources
3Academic writing formats, skills and strategies (I)
4Academic writing formats, skills and strategies (II)
5The contexts and ethics of communication research
7Content analysis
8Quantitative research
9Qualitative research
10Mixed methods

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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