1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Topic description
This topic provides an introduction to the Masters program, and the expectations of higher degree academic research. It consists of interactive workshops designed to provide a working knowledge of:

  • Library research and information and retrieval and management,
  • The formulation and refinement of research proposals,
  • Awareness of variations in research methodologies, and
  • The creation of literature reviews.

The topic would also ensure students are thinking about their thesis, and provide them with a starting point for their further research, through the submission of a literature review and annotated bibliography relating to their thesis.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:
  • Provide students with a solid foundation in higher academic research and writing
  • Provide students with an understanding of the utility of different methodological tools to their particular research project
  • Provide students with an important ‘cohort’ experience of the research enterprise
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students should be able to:
  • Plan and design a research project
  • Identify and assess sources of information
  • Position research questions explicitly in the context of existing scholarship