Research Methodology

The unit Research Methodology introduces students to the procedures and skills required to research a topic, critically evaluate research materials, organise information, and prepare a research proposal.  It is a pre-requisite for X9296/97 Research Projects, and a co-requisite for X8199 Honours Thesis and X9298/99 Research Essays, but may be taken by any qualified student.  It focuses on the research, organisation, ethical issues, and writing skills that the student will need to prepare an acceptable research essay or thesis.  Applicants for Sydney College of Divinity research degree programs are required to have completed this unit at distinction level or demonstrate equivalence in achievement. The unit is otherwise an Elective unit which, when applied to a specific Discipline, forms part of a Specialisation within that Discipline within the postgraduate awards.

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 students will be able to:

  1. Have an efficient working knowledge of the aspects of formal scholarly research, including proposal development, review of resources, methods of inquiry, selection and organisation of information, ethical considerations, analysis and interpretation of findings, appropriate presentation of results, processes of supervision, and examination;
  2. Compile substantial information pertinent to a specific topic to allow a viable research question to be developed;
  3. Employ advanced skills in researching a topic and organising information with a view to the production of an acceptable essay or project proposal;
  4. Construct a clearly defined and appropriate methodological approach and schedule of research for realistic implementation;
  5. Produce a formal proposal for a specific research essay or project.
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