ACX703 - Developing a Communication Research Project


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:



ACX701 and ACX702



Incompatible with: Nil
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 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities, 2-hours per week equivalence


This unit is designed as the entry point into the professional capstone program for students in the Master of Communication. The unit synthesises and builds on the principles and practices introduced in the core units of the course to develop the capacity of students for independent project work and the design of a viable proposal for their major specialisation-specific research project (professional or academic), which is normally undertaken in the following trimester of study. The unit focuses on the essentials of project design, planning and management; methods to enable the identification and resolution of problems encountered during the delivery of projects; pitching and pilot-testing of project ideas; developing a command of the literature relevant to the field of study; discerning the specific needs of and effectively engaging with diverse audiences, including clients and industry partners; and strategies for effectively communicating project outcomes and research findings. By the conclusion of the unit, students should have developed a satisfactory research proposal and project plan for implementation in consultation with their supervisor(s) in their research project units. Students will normally complete ACX703 in their second-to-last trimester of study within the course.

Note: Students articulating into the Master of Communication from a specialist diploma should seek Course Director advice on course mapping prior to enrolling in the unit.

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