- Class Number 2890
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Keith Barney
- Dr Keith Barney
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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This course allows students to prepare a research proposal, on a topic of their choice, that can be implemented in Semester 2 as part of EMDV8066 Research Project.
This course is a requirement (with a minimum Distinction grade) for students wanting to enrol in EMDV8066 Research Project in Semester 2.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Be able to develop research questions and hypotheses
2. Be able to carry out a critical literature review, using well developed analytical and synthesis skills
3. Understand research design, and be able to choose rigorous and practical research methods to address a problem focused research question(s)
4. Be able to structure, present and write a research proposal, using high level written and verbal communication skills
This course draws upon the lecturer's extensive experience in devising and planning successful research proposals, leading practical research fieldwork efforts, analysing research data, and writing up research results for policy impact.
Full course resources will be made available on Wattle.
Sample Source Material:
Watts, Michael (2001). "The Holy Grail: In Pursuit of the Dissertation Proposal." https://iis.berkeley.edu/node/304
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course Introduction: Defining Research|
|2||Concepts for Developing a Proposal|
|3||Refining Topics and Research Questions|
|4||Devising a Methodology|
|5||Peer Review Roundtable I|
|6||Developing a Conceptual Framework|
|7||Practical Research Strategies: Linking Questions, Methods and Evidence|
|8||Writing and Critical Analysis|
|9||Peer Review Roundtable 2|
|10||Human Ethics: Operationalising Your Study|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Outline of Initial Proposal (10%)||10 %||22/03/2019||29/04/2019||1|
|4 Short Peer Reviews (10%)||10 %||26/03/2019||02/04/2019||1, 2, 3|
|Annotated Bibliography (10%)||10 %||14/04/2019||28/04/2019||2|
|Public Presentation of Final Proposal (20%)||20 %||22/05/2019||29/05/2019||4|
|Final Research Proposal (50%)||50 %||09/06/2019||04/07/2019||4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
Outline of Initial Proposal (10%)
Outline of an initial research proposal, 750 words
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
4 Short Peer Reviews (10%)
4 Short commentaries on peer writing (2.5% each)
- 2 Short Peer Reviews for Roundtable (5%) - DUE DATE: 2019-03-26, RETURN OF ASSESSMENT DATE: 2019-04-02
- 2 Short Peer Reviews for Roundtable (5%) - DUE DATE: 2019-05-07, RETURN OF ASSESSMENT DATE: 2019-05-12
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2
Annotated Bibliography (10%)
Annotations on 6-7 Key References
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 4
Public Presentation of Final Proposal (20%)
Final presentation of your research proposal to the RE&D Group
DUE DATE: 2019-05-22 and 2019-05-29
RETURN OF ASSESSMENT DATE: 2019-05-29 and 2019-06-04
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 4
Final Research Proposal (50%)
4,000 word final proposal document.
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Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof.
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Dr. Keith Barney (Research Interests: political ecology, economic geography, agrarian studies, Southeast Asian studies)
Dr Keith Barney