Communication Research Skills
Maximise your effectiveness as a researcher by adding new skills and strategies to your toolkit. Utilise information resources. Learn how to structure effective study plans. Draw on research methodologies including semiotic and content analysis.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- use library and other information resources effectively
- work efficiently and confidently in the postgraduate communications program
- read, comprehend and write in key academic and other writing formats
- conduct semiotic analyses of how texts signify meanings and how users interpret them
- choose and use appropriate techniques of content analysis for specific research tasks
- understand and use quantitative and qualitative methods to research communications texts, formats, practices, and users/audiences.
- Introducing Communication Research Skills
- Library and other research resources
- Academic writing formats, skills and strategies (I)
- Academic writing formats, skills and strategies (II)
- The contexts and ethics of communication research
- Content analysis
- Quantitative research
- Qualitative research
- Mixed methods
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No additional requirements
Communication Research Skills equips you with foundational knowledge and skills needed to research a range of communication forms, practices, audiences, and institutions. It is comprised of two modules. Foundations (Weeks 1-5) deals with the following topics: using the university library and other information resources; academic writing formats, skills and strategies; effective study practices and habits; and the work contexts and ethics of communication research. Methods (Weeks 6-10) introduces key methodologies used in researching communication texts, practices and users/audiences: semiotic analysis, content analysis, quantitative techniques, and qualitative techniques.
- Literature Review (30%)
- Research Report (45%)
- Seminar and Discuss Board (25%)