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Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, you will independently conduct a project which addresses a research question relevant to the field of disability practice. You will design, investigate, critically analyse and report their research findings by producing a thesis which outlines the contribution of the work to the field. This subject will prepare you for designing and conducting independent research, either in the workplace, or as part of a research degree.

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorChristine Bigby

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have passed all first year subjects in the HMADPO


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions In consultation with the subject coordinator, students will need to select a supervisor to work with in order to complete their research thesis.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Propose a research design which is justified in relation to the research question posed.

Students will work with their supervisor to develop an appropriate research design. This will be presented in oral form as a pitch (see assessment).

02. Implement an appropriate method that addresses a research question relevant to the field of disability practice.

Students to conduct the research project, including liaising with relevant stakeholders where required as part of the project. Assessed via a written thesis and oral presentation.

03. Collect, analyse, synthesize and present data in a way that aligns with and responds to the research question.

Students will collect data as part of their research project and will work with their supervisor to analyse and make sense of the data so that the research question can be answered. Students can do this within their current employment if working in a disability-related field. Otherwise, they will be assisted to find an agency/industry partner to work with.

04. Work autonomously to plan and deliver a substantial research-based project which makes a contribution to disability practice.

Students to develop a written 10,000-word thesis.

05. Communicate research findings effectively and sensitively in both written and oral forms with colleagues, clients and the public.

Students to develop two oral presentations (one of proposed research and then a later one to report research findings) and to submit a written thesis.

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