University of Technology Sydney

57152 Investigative Research in the Digital Environment

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This subject introduces advanced skills and methods for doing investigative research in the electronic environment, often referred to as computer-assisted research, not only for advanced information retrieval, but also for data mining and data and information analysis. Students develop their capacity to use contemporary computer-based methods of investigation in combination with other methods of inquiry and analysis to produce new knowledge and insights in relevant fields of practice that include information and knowledge management, journalism and other forms of social research. As well, students develop PIM (personal information management) techniques, including the creation of databases and digital repositories and explore how these can be used in the writing of research briefings for clients, reports for a range of publics, or investigative stories for audiences. This subject is designed for postgraduate students who already have basic information discovery and retrieval skills developed in information management, journalism, business, or other relevant field of practice.

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Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus

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