Research Essay

This unit enables students to develop specialized knowledge and skills in a particular discipline by research that demonstrates their capacity to proceed to further professional practice or highly skilled learning. This course unit permits students to research a topic of their own choice in consultation with a supervisor appointed by the college where the student is enrolled.

This unit is generic and can be applied to any discipline or sub discipline. A “research” generic unit can foster independent research and study skills. It can enhance initiative and creativity as students pursue ideas and areas of interest in the subject area. In this way, generic units seek to provide a learning environment which fosters increased independence in learning combined with a higher degree of student-centredness.

Study Level



Can be offered in any discipline or sub discipline

Credit Points



Completion of 54 credit points in the award, at least 36 in the discipline in which the Research Essay will be done.
X8500 Research Methodology (prerequisite or corequisite)

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. exhibit a body of knowledge that includes understanding for cent developments in one or more disciplines
  2. employ advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to their field of research
  3. investigate, analyse and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts or theories
  4. convey in coherent and sustained argument, in modes appropriate to the research discipline and to various specialist or non-specialist audience, the results of research
  5. apply knowledge and skills creatively and with considerable independence to new situations and /or for further learning.
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