This unit introduces students to design research methodologies and practices, including qualitative and quantitative approaches, data collection and analysis, and research protocols and procedures. If students are considering undertaking further postgraduate research study, this unit provides an opportunity to develop higher order research and analytic skills by undertaking an in-depth investigation into an issue or topic of the students` choosing. Students will produce a research proposal including the research aims, objectives, and questions of the project, a literature review of the topic being examined, the project`s research methodology and methods and a project timeline. The project will be written up into a research dissertation (between 10, 000 and 15, 000 words) including, if relevant, a design component. The purpose of this unit is to develop students` research knowledge and understanding, academic writing skills and ability to present findings in a logical, structured and coherent manner.