Developing Research Skills and Methods - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Research Assignment (55%) , Exercises - Tutorial Exercises (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Choosing the right research method can be bewildering.

How do we know which methodology is appropriate and whether the combination of research methods is suitable for the theoretical perspective we will employ?

Through the exploration of a set of common themes or topics, this unit will expose you to core research methods employed across disciplines in the Bachelor of Arts. 

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods builds on the academic skills developed in BAR100 Academic Learning Skills.

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
  1. demonstrate understanding of validity and source in research;
  2. apply the principles and methods of textual interpretation to analyse arguments;
  3. identify the differences between primary and secondary sources;
  4. identify ethical considerations in research;
  5. articulate a written argument;
  6. apply the written conventions of your discipline;
  7. present an argument utilising conventions of oral and visual communication;
  8. independently organise and structure time;
  9. critically self-reflect, including the ability to give and receive constructive advice.
  • Assignment — Research Assignment (55%)
  • Exercises — Tutorial Exercises (30%)
  • Quiz — Multiple Choice (15%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Students undertaking this unit as part of their Murdoch Course requirements must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in the unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Social Sciences

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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