WRIT303 Research in Writing

Updated: 15 March 2019
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 supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ECT303 or ECT403 or ECT503 or ENCO303 or ENCO503 or ENGL203 or ENGL303 or ENGL403 or WRIT503
Notes None
Combined Units WRIT503 - Research in Writing
Coordinator(s) Sophia Waters (swaters4@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit gives students the opportunity to enhance their skills in research and research-informed writing by studying the writing processes of novice and expert writers in a range of academic disciplines. It introduces key principles and techniques for qualitative research in writing. Students are guided through all stages of a research project as they learn to develop research questions, select methods, plan and conduct research, and clearly communicate findings. The unit is appropriate for students who wish to become more independent and effective researchers and writers in a range of disciplines including humanities, arts, education, social sciences and sciences. It is an ideal unit to support students' transition to further study and the workplace.

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 Assessment 1 15% 500
Assessment Notes

Research exercise

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Assessment 2 30% 1000
Assessment Notes

Research proposal

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Assessment 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 the interrelated roles and processes of qualitative research and writing for the development of 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, coherently and with integrity, using appropriate conventions of academic writing and/or creative modes; and
  5. employ a range of techniques for designing, conducting and communicating the stages of a research project with a degree of independence.