AGR580 Research Methods (8)


This subject is designed specifically for postgraduate students who will undertake a research project in agriculture and related fields. Students enrolled in this subject will be able to apply an appropriate methodological design to research proposals, acquire background on analytical descriptive and inferential statistical methods and gain a detailed understanding of the written aspects of methods in scientific research posters, papers and reports.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalOrange Campus
DistanceOrange Campus
Session 2
DistanceOrange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: AGR580
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to distinguish the differences between descriptive and analytical thinking
  • be able to differentiate between the inductive and deductive paradigms of enquiry and the associated research methodologies to these two paradigms
  • be able to identify the integrative nature of the different components of the research process
  • be proficient in conducting literature reviews and setting up a research proposal
  • be able to acquire skills for descriptive and inferential analysis of research data
  • be able to publish for research purposes (eg research posters and scientific research papers and reports).


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topic 1: Critical analysis
  • Topic 2: Paradigms of enquiry
  • Topic 3: The research process
  • Topic 4: The research project
  • Topic 5: Research publications: posters, reports and scientific papers


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.