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This subject focuses on the common challenges of designing a research project at PhD level. These include framing research questions in the context of the existing research literature, selecting and developing an appropriate and refined research strategy, and clarifying the stages of a research project. These are all elements required at Confirmation, and the intensive is intended to accelerate students’ preparation toward that goal. The subject will be collaboratively taught to reflect the diversity of approaches to research across the many disciplines in the faculty.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should:
- have an enhanced awareness of the range of contemporary scholarship in their discipline or interdisciplinary area;
- have an ability to reflect on, critically evaluate and synthesise the contemporary research literatures relevant to their thesis topic;
- be better able to formulate and present the research proposal for their confirmation; and
- be better able to articulate the range of problems, concepts and theories relevant to their thesis and field of study.
The subjects will contribute, through teaching and discussion with academic staff and peers, to developing skills and capacities including those identified in the University-defined Graduate Attributes for the PhD, in particular:
- the capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of specialist knowledge;
- an advanced ability to engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of research-based and scholarly literature; and
- an advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the field.
Last updated: 18 December 2020