CCI501 Communication Research Strategies and Criticality (16)

This subject introduces students to contemporary communication research issues, foundational communication research and research design concepts, and information and other resources available to support researchers. Students conduct their own exploration to design a communication research study.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate ability to critically evaluate abstract research principles and research methods applicable to the field of communication and communication learning
  • demonstrate ability to critically and systematically assess communication issues or problems and justify appropriate research strategies
  • demonstrate skills to design and present a research strategy for a complex contemporary communication question or problem.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Contemporary communication research issues
  • Resources available to support communication research
  • Foundational epistemological and theoretical concepts concerning inquiry
  • Research strategy concepts and principles
  • Principles for the ethical conduct of research
  • Concepts and protocols for professional and scholarly research design and presentation


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.