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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Philosophy of knowledge
    • Nature of reality
    • Ethics and research
    • Ontology
    • Epistemology
    • Knowledge claims and intellectual paradigms
    • Research design
    • Confidence and reliability
    • Research methods (quantitative and qualitative)
    • Data analysis and interpretation
    • Proposal writing
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media

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

  1. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical research knowledge and skills in critical reflection on theory and professional research practice
  2. Demonstrate skills in investigating, analysing, and synthesising complex research concepts and information
  3. Critique a substantial body of relevant literature
  4. Devise a rigorous research or investigate methdology and attendant research methods
  5. As a professional, design an international quality research-based proposal.
  • Assignment 1 - Philosophy of Knowledge (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Research Design Exercise (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Research Proposal (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides you with an advanced understanding of the nature of knowledge and its pursuit through research and to equip you with skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a researcher.

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