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Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules for coursework

Develop research skills during your postgraduate studies that will continue to benefit you throughout your academic and professional career.

Welcome to the Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules for students undertaking coursework. If you are reading this, it is likely that you are at the beginning or at the very early stages of your Postgraduate coursework journey and enrolled in Postgraduate Diploma, Certificate or Masters by coursework program.

Most students enrol in a higher degree by coursework to advance their knowledge and skills in a specific field of professional practice. Students who have been practicing professionals for some time may be seeking advanced professional development to engage with emerging issues or evidence-informed practice in their chosen field.

The Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules (PRISM) have been created so you can develop research skills during your Post Graduate studies that will continue to benefit you throughout your academic and professional career.

PRISM has been designed to develop your understanding of the structure of coursework and how individual courses fit within greater programs of study. PRISM will assist you with:

  • developing and refining your research topic
  • searching the literature using library catalogues and databases
  • organising your research information 
  • critically evaluating the research literature and
  • developing a literature review.

The modules in this workbook are sequential but are designed for you to revisit in any order as the need arises. The modules have been designed specifically for research projects undertaken during coursework. However, should you choose to continue to a higher degree by research Masters or Ph.D., advanced modules available in PRISM for Research will support your journey from pre-confirmation, post-confirmation and late candidature.

The research skills you develop through using the PRISM modules will help you now and in your future career in research and beyond.