Research Methodology

Subject VISM40013 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24
Total Time Commitment: 120
Prerequisites: Admission to fourth-year honours in creative arts. See Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Arts.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 760-491 Research Methodology
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Peter Eckersall

Subject Overview:

In this subject students will be introduced to various research methodologies appropriate to research in the creative arts. These will include processes and techniques associated with selecting and refining a research problem. the means of identifying the current state of research in the field of study. data identification and collection. information analysis and synthesis. and selection of appropriate means of disseminating research findings.


Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to

  • manage time effectively in the completion of a self-directed research project.
Assessment: A research proposal of 2500 words 50% (due in week 6) and an essay of 2500 words 50% (due in week 10).
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who complete this subject will be able to:

  • access a broad range of resource material, including traditional text and electronic material;
  • demonstrate advanced communication skills;
  • work successfully with peers;
  • demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex structural and organisational concepts.
Notes: This subject is compulsory for students enrolled in the BCA (Honours) and Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Arts programs and is not available to students in other programs. This subject will be taught concurrently with MULT50001 Research Principles and Practices.

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