ENCO303 Research and Writing Across Disciplines

Updated: 13 June 2017
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ECT303 or ECT403 or ECT503 or ENGL203 or ENGL303 or ENGL403 or ENCO503
Notes None
Combined Units ENCO503 - Research and Writing Across Disciplines
Coordinator(s) Beck Wise (rwise5@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills in research and writing. It is an ideal unit to transition to further study and/or the workplace. It draws together key principles and techniques for qualitative research in a range of disciplines, together with strategies of writing that facilitate research and help present findings effectively. The unit has two modules: (i) research practice, covering the process of developing research questions aligned with research methods; and (ii) guided application of this process to work more independently on an issue in a disciplinary area, rehearsing and refining skills of research and communication. Case studies that support this independent work include literature; screen, media and culture; and writing, editing and publishing.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

The Craft of Research

ISBN: 9780226239736
Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.G. and Williams, J.M., University of Chicago Press 4th ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 15% 500
Assessment Notes

Research exercise

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Assignment 2 30% 1000
Assessment Notes

Research proposal

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Assignment 3 55% 2500
Assessment Notes

Research report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of principles and methods of qualitative research for exploring issues and developing knowledge in one or more disciplines;
  2. evaluate a range of research sources and the basis and limits of their authority;
  3. analyse and synthesise a range of sources, ideas and arguments;
  4. communicate research findings clearly and coherently, using appropriate conventions of academic writing and/or creative modes; and
  5. employ a range of techniques for designing and conducting the stages of a research project with a degree of independence.