THE CRAFT OF RESEARCH

HMK1COR

2016

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

Students in the Craft of Research work in teams to develop a research proposal around a topic of their choice. Students have the opportunity to explore different approaches to research and discover which approaches are appropriate to specific fields of study and research questions. Students will have opportunities to work with top researchers from La Trobe's research priority areas. Towards the end of the subject, student teams will present their proposal to a panel of senior La Trobe staff.

SchoolLa Trobe Learning & Teaching

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHannah Schurholz

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HMK1TER

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must be enrolled in the Hallmark Program

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and justify appropriate research methodologies for your research question

Activities:
Readings and tutorials on research methodologies; Presentations from researches on their own chosen methodologies

02. Engage with researchers from the La Trobe Research Focus Areas

Activities:
Seminar program (including Q&A) with top RFA researchers

03. Confidently pose questions and challenge ideas

Activities:
Student teams chair seminars from researchers, including asking questions of presenter; they develop questions in relation to sustainability and different methodologies of data collection

04. Work effectively in a team

Activities:
Student teams collaborate on research proposal video pitch; they prepare the introduction to host a guest speaker

05. Develop and present your research proposal as a video to a judging panel

Activities:
Students develop a research proposal as a team that they record as a video pitch and submit for assessment as a group; their individual contribution to the team work is also considered in the assessment; the video is screened at a program-related end of year event.

06. Collect and synthesize research data

Activities:
Students undertake a short observation, a survey and interview with family and friends in relation to sustainability and coffee shops; they write a brief report on each method trialed

07. Understand how a Sustainability Thinking framework can be used to improve the practice of research

Activities:
Students read academic texts surrounding sustainability and research design/methodologies; they trial different methods to collect data in relation to sustainability and coffee shops; students attend guest lectures by academics and experts that specialise in areas affiliated with sustainability thinking

08. Define and understand the concept of sustainability within a university and community context.

Activities:
Students read texts surrounding sustainability thinking; they trial different methods to collect data in relation to sustainability and coffee shops; students attend guest lectures by LTU academics and experts that specialise in areas affiliated with sustainability thinking

09. Develop and reflect on your digital literacy skills

Activities:
Students will undertake the digital literacy module 'Information Literacy' embedded within the LMS site of HMK1COR

10. Reflect on the team work experience

Activities:
Each student writes a reflection at the end of the semester on their team work experience

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHannah Schurholz

Class requirements

Collaborative Based Learning Week: 32 - 43
One 1.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Students are expected to spend at least 1 hour per week outside of scheduled class time on group work and other activities."

Lecture/Seminar Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Video-conferenced from Melbourne"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Chairing research seminars and active questioning of guestsGroup assessment10 02, 03, 04
Four Peer Feedback ReportsGroup assessment5 03, 04
One 750 -word Final ReflectionIndividual Assessment15 01, 04, 10
One 1,250-word research methods assignment (4 parts)Individual assessment30 01, 03, 06, 07, 08
Elevator pitch for funding (video assignment) & screening in program-related contextGroup assessment (25%); Individual (10%)35 04, 05
Digital Literacy Module: Information LiteracyIndividual Assignment5 09

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHannah Schurholz

Class requirements

Collaborative Based Learning Week: 32 - 43
One 1.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Students are expected to spend at least 1 hour per week outside of scheduled class time on group work and other activities."

Lecture/Seminar Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Video-conferenced to Bendigo"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Chairing research seminars and active questioning of guestsGroup assessment10 02, 03, 04
Four Peer Feedback ReportsGroup assessment5 03, 04
One 750 -word Final ReflectionIndividual Assessment15 01, 04, 10
One 1,250-word research methods assignment (4 parts)Individual assessment30 01, 03, 06, 07, 08
Elevator pitch for funding (video assignment) & screening in program-related contextGroup assessment (25%); Individual (10%)35 04, 05
Digital Literacy Module: Information LiteracyIndividual Assignment5 09