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.
Your upfront cost: $0
- 24 Feb 2020
- 06 Jul 2020
With a network of campuses across Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Griffith University is committed to progressive multidisciplinary teaching and research and a valuable online provider with Open Universities Australia. Already attracting students from more than 122 countries, Griffith's dedication to academic excellence is available across Australia through OUA.
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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
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Printable format materials
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special 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 (20%)
- Research Case Study (20%)
- Research Report (40%)
- Seminar and Discuss Board (20%)
Textbooks are not required.
Check the learning management system (LMS) of your university for textbook details.