Professional Research and Evaluation - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Annotated Bibliography - Bibliography (30%) , Assignment 1 - Identifying research problem (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,520.00
International 2,770.00

This unit presents an overview of the process of research and evaluation relevant to (professional) research. In the unit you will explore issues of professional ethics and reflective practice along with professional research and evaluation relevant to your discipline.

The course is delivered across a number of courses. You will be assessed on your development of the following generic graduate capabilities:

  • research and evaluation
  • reflective professional practice that is globally focused

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • assess ethical issues that confront professional research
  • apply principles of reflective practice to your own praxis
  • analyse, critique and apply the four key research components in addressing a research problem
  • utilise research techniques to evaluate professional research
  • Annotated Bibliography — Bibliography (30%)
  • Assignment 1 — Identifying research problem (20%)
  • Research Assignment — Completed Research Proposal (50%)

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:

  • GRAP2401 — Research Methods

This unit is for Master of Comm Design students only. If you want to take this unit as an elective you must meet pre-requisite requirements and contact RMIT for approval.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Week 1: From Problem to Plan: Introduction to the Unit and its Assessment
2Week 2: Orientation discussion on lecture and blackboard resourses
3Week 3: Research Problems and the formation of Research Questions
4Week 4: Theory and Thinking in communication research: Qualitative and Quantitative research
5Week 5: Literature 'Reviewing' (i.e. evaluating) and Annotated Bibliographies
6Week 6: An overview of research methodologies and key approaches, ethics in research
7Week 7: Key methods - Researching social media and with social media
8Week 8: Key methods - Quantitative methodologies, sampling and validation
9Week 9: Key methods - Practice-based research.
10Week 10: Key methods - textual and discourse analysis, critical research
11Week 11: Writing your research proposal
12Week 12: Group or individual consultations on research proposals
13Week 13: Review
14Week 14: Review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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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