Course Title: Research Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: James Macnae

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253401

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.06.40

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completed a third year degree and have sufficient background to commence research under supervision

Course Description

Research methods provides students with the skills to conduct effective literature searches, compile relevant literature, understand the elements of refereed publication and effetive presentations, conduct error analysis, assess practical aspects of Health and Safety legislation, consider ethics and ethical clearance, understand the role of supervisors in research and understand the issues related to Intellectual Property.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course you will have experience in litereature search and analysis, and will have considered and houroughly understand the issues affecting research.

At the conclusiuon of this course you will be able to proceed confidently with supervised and independent research, being aware of the background issues that need to be addressed prior to, and during the conduct research.

Overview of Learning Activities

Most activities are via distance learning / online. Specific tasks are given which require background reading, consideration and reasponse to a set of questions. 

The library segment is offered face-to-face for studebnts with access to campus, but can also be done online.  A presentation is required.  Students may present this on-campus in May, or may make a presentation to colleagues at their workplace.

Overview of Learning Resources

Materials are provided online.

Overview of Assessment

Written and oral means will be used to assess the  effort and undertanding developed during the assignment tasks.