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Research Methods (FINA90002)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeFINA90002
Semester 1
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A weekly seminar that examines the relationship between research and practice in the creative arts. It introduces students to a range of research methods and addresses key philosophical issues and practical skills relevant to research undertaken in the creative arts. Seminar content will include traditions of authorships and collaboration, arts-based research, research ethics and scholarly research skills appropriate to all disciplines. Students will be assisted to develop a research framework appropriate to their discipline and project.

Intended learning outcomes

The subject will:

- provide student researcher with key research concepts and skills relevant to their chosen project;
- provide students with an overview of contemporary debates and methodological traditions in the field of arts-based research;
- facilitate discussion of research ethics, including codes of conduct and ethical frameworks governing research;
- enable students to develop a research design specific to their discipline and project;

Generic skills

On completing this subject students will have acquired key research skills, including:

· the ability to engage in independent and contextually-informed artistic practice;
· an ability to initiate research projects and to formulate viable research questions;
· a demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report independent and original research on a closely-defined project;
· an ability to manage time to maximise the quality of research;
· an understanding of the major contours of international research in the research area;
· a capacity for critical evaluation of relevant scholarly literature and artistic practice;
· well-developed and flexible problem-solving abilities appropriate to the discipline;
· the capacity to communicate effectively the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication;
· an understanding of and facility with scholarly conventions in the discipline area;
· a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of research and scholarship;
· a capacity to collaborate with other researchers.

Last updated: 29 November 2018