Graduate Research School

Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of ResearchWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 800218.1


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 5

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Alex Norman

Equivalent Units
800166 - Research Design 1: Theories of Enquiry

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 8083 Bachelor of Research Studies/Master of Research, 8084 Master of Research (High Cost) or 8085 Master of Research (Low Cost), 8119 Bachelor of Research Studies (Planning), 1712 Master of Planning, 3702 (8112) Master of Information and Communications Technology (Research), 1870 Master of Chinese Cultural Relations, 1883 Master of Cross-cultural Relations or 3761 Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation).

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
Research is the process of using knowledge to generate new understandings of the world. Research is also a social enterprise, with communities and norms of behaviour, and is an industry that is shaped by numerous cultural and economic forces. Taking a holistic approach that includes general research skill development, this unit focuses on four main topics: (1) critical reading, (2) effective writing, (3) research as a professional industry, and (4) the ethics of stewardship and personal responsibility. The unit equips students with vital skills that underpin their discipline-specific learning, and lays the ground for their development as professional researchers.

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