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FOAR7000 – Research Paradigms

2022 – Session 1, In person-scheduled-weekday, North Ryde

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Co-convenor
Kirstin Mills
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B710, Level 7, Arts Precinct, Macquarie University
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Co-convenor
Noah Bassil
By appointment
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description

This unit provides a broad overview of the research paradigms that characterize the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Through this unit, the Faculty of Arts seeks to provide students with a constructive framework to recognise the possible contribution of diverse theoretical and disciplinary approaches. By concentrating on a core problem that crosses disciplinary boundaries in their final assessment task, demonstrating how that problem might be confronted under different paradigms, students will become conversant in a range of analytical techniques and theoretical perspectives. Students will learn to better recognise the assumptions that underwrite diverse approaches, their strengths, and their relations to each other, especially to facilitate collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Although much of scholarship today requires focused specialisation, being able to communicate our ideas, recognising the significance of new research, and building meaningful collaborations all require an understanding of the diversity of approaches available in the Arts.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: refer to and use key texts and intellectual paradigms in the context of a range of Arts disciplines.
  • ULO3: communicate a clear and coherent explanation of ideas to different audiences, including within their own discipline and across cognate disciplines.
  • ULO4: analyse a model text and identify broad paradigms being deployed by another theorist.
  • ULO5: devise model research projects, on a single topic, demonstrating command of multiple theoretical paradigms.
  • ULO6: describe and evaluate diverse theoretical paradigms in general and in relation to a particular research topic.

General Assessment Information

Full assessment details and resources are posted on the iLearn site.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credits will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests, etc.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Textual analysis essay 40% No 22/04/2022
Research design paper 60% No 03/06/2022

Textual analysis essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 22/04/2022
Weighting: 40%

 

Based on target texts selected by the unit convenors, students are responsible for an analytical essay detailing where at least two (preferably three or more) of the research paradigms discussed in the unit have been employed. Students should be able to cite specific passages, concepts and terminology from the target text to demonstrate where and how a paradigm is being used, and relate them to readings, lectures, and key concepts from the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • refer to and use key texts and intellectual paradigms in the context of a range of Arts disciplines.
  • communicate a clear and coherent explanation of ideas to different audiences, including within their own discipline and across cognate disciplines.
  • analyse a model text and identify broad paradigms being deployed by another theorist.

Research design paper

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 03/06/2022
Weighting: 60%

 

The research design paper is an essay in which the student will lay out the initial proposal for three different project designs, all on a single topic, demonstrating how the project would be articulated under three different research paradigms.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • refer to and use key texts and intellectual paradigms in the context of a range of Arts disciplines.
  • communicate a clear and coherent explanation of ideas to different audiences, including within their own discipline and across cognate disciplines.
  • devise model research projects, on a single topic, demonstrating command of multiple theoretical paradigms.
  • describe and evaluate diverse theoretical paradigms in general and in relation to a particular research topic.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Lectures will be delivered either live (recordings made available afterwards via Echo360) or pre-recorded and made avaialable prior to the lecture time.

Tutorials in this unit are optional but strongly encouraged. Students may also use the online forums on the iLearn site to discuss unit material.

Readings are available via Leganto.

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Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Academic Integrity

At Macquarie, we believe academic integrity – honesty, respect, trust, responsibility, fairness and courage – is at the core of learning, teaching and research. We recognise that meeting the expectations required to complete your assessments can be challenging. So, we offer you a range of resources and services to help you reach your potential, including free online writing and maths support, academic skills development and wellbeing consultations.

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Changes from Previous Offering

Paradigms covered have been reduced to allow for more time in the unit to grapple with ideas, complete readings and work on assessments. "Debate weeks" have been introduced to model discussion of research paradigms in action.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
06/03/2022 Extended due date for first assessment.
24/02/2022 Addition of late penalty policy.