Building Dissertation 1 - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 4
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Topic proposal (20%) , Assignment 2 - Literature review (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

Select an individual dissertation topic and develop a draft literature review. Research methods, analysis, library search and literature review workshops. Present the dissertation proposal.

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

  1. evaluate the existing body of knowledge to identify a research topic
  2. design a research strategy informed by the literature and an understanding of research methodology.
  • Assignment 1 — Topic proposal (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Literature review (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Final Proposal (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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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.

1Introduction to Research
2Critical Thinking
3Developing the Research Proposal
4Reviewing the Literature
5Electronic Database
7Research Reasoning and Design
8Quantitative: Data and Analysis
9Sampling and Questionnaire Surveys
10Qualitative: Data and Analysis
11Case Studies and Interviews
12Preparing for the Next Stage : Dissertation

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