Course Coordinator:Emily Moir (email@example.com) School:School of Law and Society
UniSC Sunshine Coast
|Blended learning||Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.|
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In this course, you are required to develop and implement an independent scholarly investigation into a core area of Criminology and Justice. The research question/s under investigation should be innovative, and should have either significant theoretical or applied implications. Under the supervision of an academic supervisor, you will conceptualise your project, develop a research proposal, and undertake initial project tasks necessary to conduct research.
|Independent Study/Research – Directed Independent and supervised study||10hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Specific research project – supported by USC academic supervisor
400 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge in the core area of Criminology which they have chosen to undertake their dissertation.||Knowledgeable|
|2||Demonstrate advanced skills in reviewing, critically analysing and synthesising information to complete a range of research activities.||Creative and critical thinker|
|3||Apply appropriate project management skills.||Empowered|
|4||Apply appropriate ethical decision-making and conduct research in compliance with ethical standards, requirements and protocols.||Ethical|
|5||Communicate a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to contribute to the discipline.||Engaged|
|6||Demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility for own learning and practice.||Empowered|
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Must be enrolled in program AR409
Completion of CRM307 Crime Research Methods or equivalent is recommended
Limited Grading (PNP)
You will receive formative feedback on your research proposal in two ways: informally, through supervision sessions with your supervisor, and formally, as written and formal feedback for Task 1 & 2. You will also receive additional feedback on your project from other research supervisors when you present your proposed research project in Task 3.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 8||To Supervisor|
|All||2||Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece||Individual||
As per the HREC's requirements
|Week 9||To Supervisor|
|Week 12||In Class|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Research Proposal|
The goal of this assessment is to formulate a research proposal for your chosen topic. It should include an overview of research topic, outline key theoretical framework/s, state the overall aims and research questions, and propose appropriate research methods, developed in consultation with your supervisor.
Submission of this research proposal is compulsory and is an important component of Task 2, your ethics application. This proposal will include an introduction to the research topic, a critical analysis of current research to highlight current gaps in knowledge, outline the theoretical framework/s underpinning the research and a set out a clear rationale for the proposed research questions, and methodologies, to address these questions. The proposal should also identify and justify and appropriate outlet for a scholarly publication. Resources will be made available on Canvas to assist you with this task.
|All - Assessment Task 2:HREC Ethics Application|
The goal of this assessment task is to prepare and submit the ethics application for your thesis research project. You will work with your supervisor to develop and finalise your ethics application to meet the requirements of the relevant University Ethics Committees. This includes projects where an exemption of review is relevant.
|Product:||Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece|
Your ethics application should include all materials required for an ethics application at USC, e.g., the research protocol, HREA application form, information and consent forms, data collection instruments, and permissions to survey possible participants. Additional information about these processes are available in Canvas. Delays associated with these procedures are not a justification for an extension of submission of your thesis.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Elevator Pitch|
The goal of this task is to practice communicating your research proposal in a clear and concise manner
This is a 5 - 7 minute elevator pitch that communicates the rationale and importance of your research study. This will be presented to your peers and relevant academic staff. It should include: A clear rationale and statement of the importance of this research for the discipline; Theoretical framework/s and aims; Research questions or hypotheses for your research project; Research design, sample, measures and procedures; and Proposed analytic strategy Creativity in presenting this pitch to engage your audience and convey key messages is encouraged
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation. It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline. This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.
Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person. You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.
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