JST530 Research Methodology and Dissertation Proposal (16)

This subject will introduce students to research methodology in the area of policing and law enforcement. It will provide students with the opportunity to prepare their dissertation proposal in a structured and tightly supervised manner ensuring that all students maximise their potential to successfully complete the Masters program. The subject will require students to develop the research hypothesis in consultation with their supervisor. Students will be required to select and develop appropriate research method(s). They will also be required to conduct a literature review and seek all 'approvals' required before conducting the proposed research.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST530. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Must have successfully completed at 'credit' grade or above all of the requirements of one of the associated Graduate Diploma Courses. The associated courses are the Graduate Diploma of Investigation Management, Fraud and Financial Investigation,Criminal Intelligence, Terrorism Safety and Security.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broad body of knowledge in Aspecialist field, including recent developments in theory and practice
  • Demonstrate mastery of the key theoretical underpinnings in your specialist field's environment, be able to reflect critically on these, and on their impact on professional practice
  • Demonstrate mastery in the skills needed to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to JST530
  • Introduction to research
  • Developing a research proposal
  • Conducting a review of the literature
  • Ethics in research

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

The residential school provides students with the opportunity to share their research outcomes, and revisit learning in specific areas of research activity.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.