Communication Honours I: Research Methods

Course code CMNS4100Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This course provides students with a review and elaboration of some of the key philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about design, communication and information technology research and research practices. Differing methodologies are examined in the context of the applications of these methods to design, communication, and information technology research. Emphasis is given to the application of specific research techniques and critiques of underlying theoretical assumptions as well as ethical considerations for research.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completing this course students will be expected to have contributed to a demonstration of:

1. the ability to select and administer appropriate methods for collecting and analysing production material and research data;
2. the application of research methods related to the disciplinary areas of design, communication, and information technology;
3. a development of critical and analytical skills;
4. ethical standards appropriate to the field of study;
5. skills in critiquing and appraising relevant literature.
Content1. A review and elaboration of some of the key philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about design, communication and information technology research and research practices.
2. An examination of differing research methodologies and techniques.
3. An examination of the application of research methods to the disciplinary areas of design, communication and information technology.
4. Ethical considerations for research.
Replacing Course(s)CMNS4030 - Communication Honours I
TransitionAs the B Arts (Communication Studies) (Honours) program will be discontinued from 2005, current students will be articulated into the new B Communication (Honours) program with full recognition of prior studies.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents should
- have completed the requirements for admission to the relevant Bachelor degree of the University, or to another cognate degree approved by the PVC;
- have completed, in that Bachelor degree, the requirements of an approved major (or double major) in the discipline area, or in a cognate discipline area approved by the PVC, to be undertaken in the Honours program.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsForums
Self Directed Learning
Seminar
Workshop
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch Methodology Paper of 4000 words.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionAttendance and active participation and contribution to group discussions in workshops.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentCompulsory Program Component: This course is only available to students enrolled in the B Communication (Honours)
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CMNS4100