Research Method and Major Thesis

Subject 196-502 (2008)

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Credit Points: 100.000
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours research, seminars and supervision as negotiated with supervisor
Total Time Commitment: n/a
Prerequisites: n/a
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Lynette Joubert
Subject Overview: In preparation for the thesis, students are required to undertake two seminar series: Research Process in Semester 1 and Thesis Development in Semester 2, each comprising 12 x 2 hour classes, or intensive blocks during the year. The purpose of the series is to introduce students to issues in research epistemology and methodology. To that end, reading and class discussion will focus around issues relevant to the design and analysis of research. At the end of the seminar series, students will be able to demonstrate their ability to conceptualise the research task by completing a research proposal of 2000 words. They will also be able to prepare an Ethics Proposal for the Human Research Ethics Committee.
Assessment: A 30 000 word thesis 100% (due at the end of the study period).
Prescribed Texts: n/a
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate advanced learning in research skills;
  • carry out an independent piece of research;
  • demonstrate critical application of specialist knowledge in their area of study;
  • make an independent contribution to existing scholarship.
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The disciplines of Nursing and Social Work are now co-managed within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. At the time of publication Social Work subjects are under the administrative management of the School of Nursing.

Related Course(s): Master of Social Work (Thesis)

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