Planning Dissertation Preparation - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Exercises - Exercise (10%) , Presentation (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit was previously known as Planning Research Methods.

This unit examines the appropriateness and design of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, critical thinking skills and literature reviews. Design of an individual research program for a topic to be undertaken in a dissertation.

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

  1. evaluate the appropriateness of different research methodologies for a range of planning research topics
  2. produce a literature review on a planning research topic
  3. design a research proposal for the Planning Dissertation units.
  • Exercises — Exercise (10%)
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Research Assignment — Research Proposal (40%)
  • Review — Literature Review (30%)

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.

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is research?
2Citation and referencing
3Reviewing literature for research
4Research approach and design
5Research techniques
6Theory and research
7Qualitative and Quantitative research approaches
8Research strategies
9Visual research
10Creative and user-centred research
11The research proposal
12Speaking out on your research

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • 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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