This course provides students with a review and elaboration of some of the key philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about communication research and research practices. Differing methodologies are examined in the context of the applications of these methods to communication research. Emphasis is given to the application of specific research techniques and critiques of underlying theoretical assumptions as well as ethical considerations for research.
- Semester 1 - 2018
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
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.
- A review and elaboration of some of the key philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about communication research and research practices.
- An examination of differing research methodologies and techniques.
- An examination of the application of research methods to the disciplinary areas of communication.
- Ethical considerations for research
Students 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.
Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture material, group discussions, individual seminar presentations and peer review.