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Community & Health Sciences: Research Resource Guide

Unpacking the research topic

Learning outcomes

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • identify and analyse your topic;
  • develop your research questions;
  • identify the main keywords; and
  • identify related terms, synonyms or concepts.


NB: Before you move onto the NEXT LESSON, please click on the NEXT TAB (Analysing your Research Topic) to complete this lesson.  

The following is a short video tutorial (3m:18s) that shows you how to unpack your research topic through: (1) identifying and analysing your topic; (2) developing your research questions; (3) identifying the main keywords from your topic; and (4) identifying related terms, synonyms or concepts. Please watch to learn more.


NB: You have completed this lesson and may now proceed to the NEXT LESSON.


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