Research Project

This unit builds on the theological background, capacity and interests of a student and enables her or him to pursue broad research, often of a survey nature, into an area or topic within a discipline or across disciplines. This research cannot usually be done within the strictures of individual coursework units or the focused study of a particular topic. This unit permits students to research a topic of their own choosing in consultation with the lecturer.

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



X8500 Research Methodology

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the area chosen within the disciplines being studied
  2. demonstrate advanced skills of researching within a discipline and across disciplines where applicable
  3. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information in the topic under consideration using the methodologies of the subject area/s
  4. integrate the topic being studied into a wider framework with attention to theological, ministerial and social implications of the topic
  5. use communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
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