ASH501 Project Proposal (8)

In this subject students articulate a research question of their choice and design a small-scale project to investigate it. They also undertake a critical analysis/review of the scholarly literature in the topic area and write a detailed research proposal based on their project design.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASH501. 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


Faculty of Arts and Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only available to students studying courses at AQF levels 8-9.

Assumed Knowledge

It is expected that a methods subject such as ASH505 is studied either before or at the same time as this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to conceptualise and propose a justifiable research project proposal with clearly articulated objectives;
  • be able to plan and write a critical review of the scholarly literature as a component of this proposal;
  • be able to design a small-scale research project that uses appropriate methods and that is feasible and likely to lead to worthwhile outcomes; and
  • be able to clearly articulate, in both the proposal and any required ethics application, the questions that give rise to the study and the issues that arise from its design and conduct.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Choosing a research area
  • Conducting a search of the literature
  • Synthesising and critiquing the literature
  • Specifying researchable focus questions/problems
  • Choosing appropriate research design and methodology
  • Understanding and applying ethical guidelines
  • Writing a research project 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.