Research Methodology

This postgraduate unit  introduces the procedures and skills required to research a topic, critically evaluate research materials, organise information, and prepare a research proposal. It is a prerequisite for X9692 Research Project, X9696 Research Essay, and X8598 Honours Thesis but may be taken by any qualified student. It focuses on the research, organisation, ethical issues, and writing skills that are needed to prepare an acceptable research essay or thesis. Applicants for Sydney College of Divinity research degree programs are required to have completed this postgraduate unit at distinction level or demonstrate equivalence in achievement.

This unit is generic and can be applied to any discipline or sub discipline.

Study Level



Can be offered in any discipline or sub discipline

Credit Points



36 Credit points in any discipline.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a competent knowledge of the specific area of the student’s research question
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the standard procedures, materials, and relevant ethical issues required in the area(s) of specialisation to assemble adequate resources that respond to the student’s research question
  3. demonstrate advanced skills in researching a topic and organising information with a view to the production of an acceptable essay proposal
  4. produce a professional research essay in proper format, including the correct referencing of sources used in the preparation of the essay and scrupulous detailing of information in footnotes and bibliography
  5. understand all aspects of research from the presentation of a proposal, critical evaluation of materials investigated, organisation of information in a logical and relevant outline, clear presentation if ideas in the form of a written essay, all under the supervision of a mentor and finally the external review of the results by experts in the field.
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