Research and Inquiry


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  • Ability to undertake research and create new knowledge

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    Are able to undertake independent research resulting in a substantial contribution to knowledge (1)

    Are able to relate their research to the broader framework of their discipline or inter-disciplinary fields (1)

    Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication (4) *

    Research and Inquiry: Graduates of the University will be able to create new knowledge and understanding through the process of research and inquiry (5)

    The ability to undertake supervised research, including the design and conduct of investigations, in a systematic, critical and evidence-based manner, as an individual or as a member of a team (6)

    The ability to apply and contribute skills and knowledge creatively and innovatively in a research environment (6)

    The ability to identify problems appropriate for research and to pose research questions (Hons) (6)

    Research and Inquiry: Graduates of the University will be able to create new knowledge and understanding through the process of research and inquiry (7)

    Searching and critically evaluating information from a variety of sources using effective strategies and appropriate technologies (10)

    Competence in the execution of protocols for research health and safety, ethical conduct and intellectual property (RHD) (10)

    Active learners (11)

    Has an understanding of current research based knowledge in the field, its methodologies for creating new knowledge, and can create, critique, and appraise new and significant knowledge * (RHD) (12)

    Research skills (17)

    Inquiry: To be able to develop advanced approaches and techniques for defining, investigating and resolving research questions. (RHD) (24)

    Creativity: To use original approaches to produce works that critique and extend current forms of knowledge and understanding. (RHD) (24)

    Acquisition of, and ability to work with, a systematic body of knowledge, based on the highest standards of scholarship and research (31)

    Initiation and formulation of viable and contextualised research questions (PGC) (31)

    Contribution of new knowledge or original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge (PGC) (31)

    Use information to construct new concepts or create new understandings (34)

    Research graduates will 'demonstrate an understanding of relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within their research field nationally and globally'. (RHD) (34)

    Graduates of research degrees will extend the boundaries of knowledge through research and publication. (RHD) (34)

    Research graduates will 'challenge existing theories and defend new ideas and theories in various modes for a variety of audiences, especially professional audiences, using the scholarly conventions of the discipline' (RHD) (34) *

    Research graduates will demonstrate awareness of issues relating to rights of other researchers, of research subjects, and others who may be affected by the research' (RHD) (34)

  • Critical analysis/appraisal

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    Are able to analyse others' research results critically (1)

    Are independent thinkers with analytical and problem-solving skills (1) *

    Be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning (4) *

    Examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines (4)

    Expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects (4)

    The ability to apply critical reasoning to issues through independent thought and informed judgement (6) *

    The ability to evaluate opinions, make decisions and to reflect critically on the justifications for decisions (6)

    The ability to make a critical analysis of the literature (Hons) (6)

    The ability to analyse research data and to draw logical conclusions  (Hons) (6)

    To think and reason logically and creatively (8)

    Thinking skills: Apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions (9) *

    The ability to critique current paradigms and contribute to intellectual inquiry (10)

    Critical, creative and analytical thinking, and effective problem-solving (10) *

    The capacity to exhibit creative as well as analytical ways of thinking about questions in at least one discipline (10)

    Is an effective problem solver, capable of applying logical, critical, and creative thinking to a range of problems (12) *

    We expect our students to develop the ability to use their knowledge to plan, to analyse, to think critically, logically and creatively, to reflect upon and evaluate ideas, options, and potential solutions to problems, and to make and implement decisions (14) *

    Make critical evaluations (15)

    Critical and creative thinking: The ability to collect, analyse and evaluate information and ideas and solve problems by thinking clearly, critically and creatively (17)

    Critical thinking (17)

    Creative thinking (17)

    Critical and analytical abilities (19)

    Critical, creative and strategic thinking (20) *

    Identify problems and analyse the main features of problems relevant to their professional field; apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking; implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems; anticipate and define new problems; and identify and resolve new problems in new fields (24) *

    To be able to apply and evaluate knowledge (25)

    To be able to reason competently (25)

    Applies critical, reflective, and creative skills to make informed decisions in professional or applied contexts (26) *

    Application: Is an efficient and innovative project planner and problem solver, capable of applying logical and critical thinking to problems across a range of disciplinary settings and has self-management skills that contribute to personal satisfaction and growth (29) *

    Critical thinkers able to reason creatively and critically on a range of topics and levels (30) *

    Critical thinkers able to reason creatively and critically on a range of topics and levels (30) *

    Critical analysis, problem solving, and creative thinking (31) *

    The ability to evaluate that information (32)

    The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully (32)

    The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends (32)

    The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically (32)

    Analysis skills (33)

    Critically evaluate information and the search process (34)

  • Discipline knowledge

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    Have an in-depth knowledge base and comprehensive understanding of the conceptual and theoretical underpinning of their disciplines or inter-disciplinary fields, including ethical considerations (1)

    Are trained in computer-based technology and relevant discipline-based technical and methodological skills (1) *

    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised (3)

    Have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s) (4)

    A comprehensive and well-founded knowledge in the field of study (6)

    An understanding of how other disciplines relate to the field of study (6)

    An international perspective on the field of study (6) *

    An appreciation of the philosophical and social contexts of a discipline (6)

    To master the subject matter, concepts and techniques of their chosen discipline(s) at internationally-recognised levels and standards (8)

    Apply discipline knowledge, understand its theoretical underpinnings, and ways of thinking; extend the boundaries of knowledge through research (9)

    Knowledge and skills pertinent to a particular discipline or professional area (10)

    Coherent theoretical and practical knowledge in at least one discipline area at the level of entry to a profession (10)

    In postgraduate coursework programs graduate capabilities will most likely be framed with the context of advanced knowledge and understanding in a specialist field of study, professional knowledge and skills in a specialist area of practice and/or engagement within a new field of study (PGC) (10)

    Advanced theoretical knowledge and analytical skills, as well as methodological, research design and problem-solving skills in a particular research area (RHD) (10)

    Operates effectively with and upon a body of knowledge of sufficient depth to begin professional practice (12)

    Has an understanding of current research based knowledge in the field, its methodologies for creating new knowledge, and can create, critique, and appraise new and significant knowledge * (RHD) (12)

    Can work both autonomously and collaboratively as a researcher within a particular discipline or professional area and within wider but related areas (RHD) (12)

    A graduate of (Uni 13) operates effectively with the body of knowledge that underpins professional practice (13) *

    We expect our students to develop an extensive and well-founded knowledge in their field of study This includes the ability to acquire and understand, using current technologies and effective learning strategies, information and ideas that underpin this knowledge (14) *

    In-depth knowledge of a field of study: A comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of a field of study and defined professional skills where appropriate (17)

    Knowledge of a field of study (17)

    Expertise in chosen academic field (19)

    Apply discipline related theory to practice in both familiar and unfamiliar situations (20)

    Command an area of knowledge to enable a smooth transition to professional or other scholarly settings (22)

    To have relevant, discipline-based knowledge, skills and values (25)

    Demonstrates comprehensive, coherent and connected knowledge (26)

    Has in-depth knowledge in one or more chosen fields of study (26)

    Understands how this knowledge is connected with other fields and disciplines (26)

    Knowledge (28)

    Knowledge Base: Has an understanding of the broad theoretical and technical concepts related to their discipline area, with relevant connections to industry, professional, and regional and indigenous knowledge (29)

    Understanding of the professional, social, economic and cultural contexts of the discipline area (31) *

    Advanced knowledge in a specialist area, achieved through a critical review of prior work and research in an international and changing context (PGC) (31)

    Knowledge of scholarly conventions in the discipline area, including those relating to publications and when research is undertaken (PGC) (31)

    The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area (32)

    Demonstrate a command of a significant body of knowledge based on the highest standards of academic scholarship (34)

    Recognise the relationship between the practice of the discipline in Australia and its practice in other countries (34)

    Demonstrate awareness of the historical development of the discipline and its methods (34)

    Identify critical issues in the discipline or professional area (34) *

    Discipline Expertise: Evidence of analytical engagement with the theoretical knowledge of students' chosen disciplines (36)

    Knowledge (37)

    Informed: Have a sound knowledge of an area of study or profession and understand its current issues, locally and internationally Know how to apply this knowledge Understand how an area of study has developed and how it relates to other areas (38)

  • Problem solving

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    Are independent thinkers with analytical and problem-solving skills (1) *

    Seek the imaginative approach to problems and to attempt always to set the agenda rather than follow the well trodden path (2)

    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems (3)

    Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication (4) *

    Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems (4)

    The ability to define and analyse problems (6)

    The ability to identify problems, create solutions, innovate and improve current practices (6) *

    To undertake problem identification, analysis and solution (8)

    Thinking skills: Apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions (9) *

    Critical, creative and analytical thinking, and effective problem-solving (10) *

    The ability to identify, define and solve problems in at least one discipline area (10)

    Is an effective problem solver, capable of applying logical, critical, and creative thinking to a range of problems (12) *

    We expect our students to develop the ability to use their knowledge to plan, to analyse, to think critically, logically and creatively, to reflect upon and evaluate ideas, options, and potential solutions to problems, and to make and implement decisions (14) *

    Solve problems (15)

    Problem solving (17)

    Solve problems and apply scientific reasoning (20)

    Critical appraisal skills: planning, organising, problem solving and decision making (21)

    Identify problems and analyse the main features of problems relevant to their professional field; apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking; implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems; anticipate and define new problems; and identify and resolve new problems in new fields (24) *

    Applies appropriate numerical skills to understand, interpret and solve problems (26)

    Integrates theoretical and practical knowledge to analyse and solve complex and novel problems (26)

    A (Uni 27) graduate is an effective problem solver in a range of settings, including professional practice (27)

    Problem solvers with the ability to collect, analyse and evaluate information (30) *

    Critical analysis, problem solving, and creative thinking (31) *

    Creative and complex problem solving (PGC) (31)

    The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area (32)

    Problem solving skills (33)

    Ability to tackle unfamiliar problems (33)

    Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems (34)

    Identify critical issues in the discipline or professional area (34) *

    Conceptualise problems and formulate a range of solutions that are appropriate to the national or cultural context of the problem (34)

    Collect, collate and analyse relevant information to assist problem-solving (34)

    Problem solving skills (37)

    Problem solvers: Take on challenges and opportunities Apply creative, logical and critical thinking skills to respond effectively Make and implement decisions Be flexible, thorough, innovative and aim for high standards (38)

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