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Co-ordinator: Professor Miranda Mirosa

Teaching staff: All academic staff


Module description

The primary aim of this course is to acquaint students with fundamentals of research methods. Specifically, the course aims to develop understanding of the basic framework of research processes. It includes discussions on sampling techniques, research designs and techniques of analysis.

The aims of the module are to:

  • Develop understanding of the basic framework of research process.
  • Develop an understanding of various research designs and techniques.
  • Identify various sources of information for literature review and data collection.
  • Develop an understanding of the ethical dimensions of conducting applied research.
  • Appreciate the components of scholarly writing and evaluate its quality.


  1. Foundations
  2. How Science Research Works
  3. Reviewing and Assessing Literature
  4. Research Design, Data Collection and Analysis
  5. Communicating Research


Intensive 3 day workshop (26th February - 1st March)
Lectures and discussions


This module is worth 50% of a 20 credit paper, as follows;

  • Assignment 1 (competition essay for NZIFST*) – 25%
  • Assignment 2 (Research proposal/plan) – 25%

*NZIFST - NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology

Further information

Postgraduate courses available in the department

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