This course will enable you to research a topic in an area relevant to your study. It aims to advance your skills in research and writing, and give you specialist, in-depth knowledge of a subject that you have a special interest in.
Cost$793 NZ Domestic$2,464 NZ International
Delivery typeOnline only
Teaching weeks 16 weeks
Workload Approximately 13 hours per week
- 60 Credits or more at Level 6 and Above.
If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course
This course will introduce you to the experience of working with an academic supervisor. You will also develop skills in assimilating academic peer review of your work. You will communicate your research findings in an essay, report, or other format agreed upon by the supervisor in conjunction with the course leader.
For your enrolment to be approved:
- you must have successfully completed at least 60 credits at Level 6.
- you also need to get your research topic approved by the Programme Leader.
Research topic approval
To get your research topic approved you need to discuss your plans with the Programme Leader. When it is approved they will appoint an academic supervisor. This will be a lecturer or academic staff member from your major subject area.
This process must be completed four weeks before the start of the trimester.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.
What you will learn
When you successfully complete this course you will be able to:
- identify key issues within the area of the major subject, and formulate research questions capable of addressing those issues
- select and justify appropriate and ethically sound methodologies for undertaking research
- analyse and evaluate relevant literature and data
- demonstrate personal reflection on and evaluation of the learning process.
You will also present research findings in an appropriate format that demonstrates:
- critical thinking
- logical development of argument
- independent judgement
- clear conclusions
- mastery of referencing and bibliographic conventions appropriate to their research material.
The course encompasses:
- identifying an area of interest for investigation
- ethical, methodological and theoretical issues relating to research
- formulating a research question and hypothesis
- research planning and writing to a timeline
- searching the literature for relevant materials
- gathering, analysing and evaluating data
- using appropriate methodologies
- presenting findings, analysis and conclusions
- reflecting on the research experience.
The course materials will give you instruction in research skills and methods to help guide you through the research process.
This course is 100% internally assessed.
No textbooks are needed for this course.
Computer and internet requirements
To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.
How to enrol
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
- choose the qualification you will study the course under
- check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.
You can do this course as part of these qualifications:
Certificate of Proficiency
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication) (OP701002)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (OP701026)
Course availability over the next 12 months