Major Research Project

The unit Major Research Project builds on the theological background, capacity, and interests of a student and enables an individual student to pursue extended research within a discipline or across disciplines, beyond what is available within the framework of individual coursework units or the focused study of a particular topic. The unit is 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. 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 that 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



18 credit points including X8190 Research Methodology



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design a coherent project for intensive investigation;
  2. Critically review a wide range of relevant primary and secondary resources;
  3. Conduct effective self-directed individual research within a discipline or across disciplines;
  4. Integrate complex information of the topic under investigation using the methodologies of the subject area/s;
  5. Produce a proposal for the application of the findings of the research.
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