Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Caulfield First semester 2014 (External Candidature)
Coordinator(s)Dr Fiona Macdonald


Research Methods introduces the candidates to methodology in the context of contemporary research. The unit is undertaken at the initial stages of the research degree and encourages candidates to conceptualise their research project across theory and practice through a discursive engagement of the research and its field of inquiry.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have developed a discursive approach to their discipline
  2. have developed a critical understanding of methodologies in contemporary research
  3. have developed a critical understanding of the theoretical languages of their discipline
  4. have developed a critical approach to the analysis of bibliographic sources
  5. have developed an understanding of research ethics and research integrity
  6. appreciate the difference between professional practice in their discipline and research in their discipline.


Project abstract, project definition, bibliography and literature review form 100% of the assessment

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours per week, 10 hours of private study