Developing Research and Analytical Skills - 2016

Unit summary

COM15

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Critical Analysis (35%) , Quizzes (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Sharpen your research and analytical skills in order to improve your performance at university. This is a hands-on 'learn by doing' subject that challenges you to think more critically and to present your work more professionally.

It teaches you how to evaluate information sources, helps you move beyond Google to indexes and databases and exposes you to primary research methods commonly used in the communications field (eg. surveys, content analysis). As you polish your referencing skills you learn how to write in a variety of styles, from mini reviews to essays and formal research reports. This subject is recommended for communications students but may also be useful to other students who wish to improve their academic skills and/or knowledge of the media.

This unit is part of the Humanities Pathway.
OUA Pathways recommends the best units to start your studies, even if you're not sure which course you want to do. Each pathway includes four units based on your area of interest, plus the option to study preparatory units for free (PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing). Once you complete your recommended path you'll be able to choose from a range of courses in your area of interest. Plus, each of the units you complete through OUA Pathways can also be credited towards your chosen course.

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This unit is designed to foster critical thinking about sources of information. On completion of this unit, you will have an increased awareness of issues affecting the media and will be able to:

  1. identify appropriate methods of obtaining the information they seek 
  2. evaluate sources for relevance and credibility 
  3. present research in an academic manner with appropriate structure and referencing.
  • Critical Analysis (35%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Report — Research Report (45%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CCJ16 — Professional Communication
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Major sources of information
2Researching organisation
3Researching people
4Academic sources
5Essay writing
6Information gathering
7Referencing & citation
8Interpretation of data

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Making The Grade 4E

    By:HAY

    ISBN: 9780195576085

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop


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