RES701 Critical Issues in Research (16)

This subject provides students an introduction to the Doctoral research process and the administrative supports that they will be expected to engage with. Attention is given to the nature of the research process, including the steps to be followed in planning and designing a research project. An outline of the philosophy of research and the means by which researchers identify issues and acquire knowledge is also provided. At completion students will be able to clearly articulate the purpose of their research, have a working knowledge of the major chapter-forming components of a dissertation and be cognisant of the ethical issues they will need to address.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: RES701. 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 Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in Higher Degree by Research studies.

Incompatible Subjects

DBA711, EMG705, ITC711

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to independently reflect upon and apply the key planning and design steps in research;
  • be able to critically evaluate the requirements of a professional doctorate, including the role and responsibilities of research students and supervisors;
  • be able to critically discuss an initial broad range of literature applicable to their research, and from that discussion draw research question(s) and a corresponding rationale;
  • be able to articulate the social impact on, and social implications of, their research;
  • appreciate the importance of transparency, accountability, academic writing standards, the ethics process and codes of conduct in research;
  • have a clear understanding of the nature of research as a process of speculative inquiry; and
  • be able to identify a research problem that is current and/or related to professional practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Expectations and requirements of doctoral research
  • Doctoral contributions to knowledge and professional practice
  • Planning and designing the research proposal
  • Developing research questions and hypotheses
  • Current issues in accessing and critiquing literature
  • The philosophy of research
  • Research paradigms

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.