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.


Session 1 (30)
Orange 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

Grading System



One session


School 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).


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of AGR580 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Inductive and deductive processes of inquiry
The literature review
The research proposal

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.