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IND726 - Designing An Indigenous Research Project


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Tyson Yunkaporta




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class and 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent for 11-weeks

Intensive dates and unit content is available via CloudDeakin


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit offers research training that guides you on how to specify and detail a question or problem that is important and requires research to resolve. Various ways to review other researchers’ work and determine if further research is needed. The importance of determining the conceptual framework as well as an appropriate method for gathering relevant data, and then interpreting the data is noted.

You will also follow protocols to ensure your research develops within a culturally appropriate and ethical manner. You will look at the importance of building relationships in Indigenous Communities before research commences. Indigenous relational methodologies and how they impact on the content and design of research will be considered. This unit is a culmination of preceding units in the development of the research proposal that will frame your research project.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Illustrate advanced knowledge and skills in Indigenous research methods and methodologies and their application in a local, national and international context

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically analyze Indigenous Knowledge and methodologies, research design and ethical issues and apply findings in discipline and research area

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse and evaluate information to inform Indigenous Knowledge methodologies and knowledges in the discipline area

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Use initiative and act autonomously in planning, decision-making and problem solving in the field of Indigenous Knowledges and methodologies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Research Proposal 2500 words 50% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Poster and Oral Presentation 2500 words 50% Information not yet available


The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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