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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Provides students with the opportunity to plan and execute a substantially independent research project in an area of particular interest that may be related to coursework or professional expertise.  Building on the research skills developed in earlier stages of the degree, students will refine their analytical and critical research skills and produce an academically rigorous research paper.

Unit content

This unit involves undertaking an independent research project and developing a piece of sustained academic writing. 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify and refine an area of law related research
2 work independently to plan and execute a research project that demonstrates a coherent understanding and appropriate application of research principles and methods
3 demonstrate the ability to research ethically to produce a piece of sustained academic writing
4 write a critical analysis that demonstrates high level academic skills in communication and academic integrity

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and refine an area of law related research
    • GA4:
  2. work independently to plan and execute a research project that demonstrates a coherent understanding and appropriate application of research principles and methods
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  3. demonstrate the ability to research ethically to produce a piece of sustained academic writing
    • GA3:
  4. write a critical analysis that demonstrates high level academic skills in communication and academic integrity
    • GA1: