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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Provides a balance of Indigenous research theory and practice. The unit will help you to establish structures and procedures to provide a firm ethical and functional foundation to your research within an Indigenous context. Comparisons between Indigenous and non-Indigenous research theory and practice will be contextualised. You will be able to recognise, and should be committed to protect Indigenous intellectual and cultural property rights in research. You will be encouraged to develop a critical appreciation of legal, ethical and professional practice issues in research. On completion of the unit you will able to construct a research proposal, including defining a research topic and inquiry, outline a research methodology, and prepare ethics documents.

Unit content

Topic 1: Australian Aboriginal Research histories
Topic 2: Principles and theory of Indigenous research
Topic 3: Methods and functions of Indigenous research practice
Topic 4: Personal v. Professional issues in research

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the principles and ethical research policy and practice. Creativity Communication and social skills Cultural competence
2 analyse various research methodologies appropriate to the fields of study. Creativity Communication and social skills Cultural competence
3 critique the theory of Indigenous research versus different research methodologies as they would be applied in the field. Creativity Communication and social skills Cultural competence
4 apply the principles of Intellectual Property and Copyright protection in all work with indigenous peoples. Creativity Communication and social skills Cultural competence
5 critically discuss representation, legal and ethical issues in research. Creativity Communication and social skills Cultural competence
6 prepare an ethics committee application for a research proposal. Creativity Communication and social skills Cultural competence
7 construct a research proposal. Communication and social skills Cultural competence

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

  1. explain the principles and ethical research policy and practice.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. analyse various research methodologies appropriate to the fields of study.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. critique the theory of Indigenous research versus different research methodologies as they would be applied in the field.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. apply the principles of Intellectual Property and Copyright protection in all work with indigenous peoples.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. critically discuss representation, legal and ethical issues in research.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. prepare an ethics committee application for a research proposal.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  7. construct a research proposal.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence