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Researcher Unbound

Research Skills Framework

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The Research Skills Framework (RSF) is designed with the aim to offer a holistic palette of relevant knowledge and skills to guide and enhance your research capabilities.


Mapped across the research journey, it comprises skills-based learning under 7 domains. Its user-centric design adopts a learner-centred approach, allowing you to select programmes to suit your own research and learning needs.


Scope & frame an idea for your research

  • Articulate, define, frame ideas to demonstrate the novelty of your research or to identify gaps in research
  • Apply various methods, techniques, tools and filters to critique existing research or discover emerging trends


Conduct effective literature search to support your research

  • Plan, construct and adopt various search strategies according to the sources, scope and information needed
  • Match information needs and search strategies to the appropriate search tools and databases

Use & Cite

Evaluate & use information responsibly

  • View information from multiple perspectives and communicate information responsibly
  • Apply the appropriate reference management tool or citation style to cite accurately

Organise & Analyse

Collect, store, organise, manage & analyse information effectively

  • Apply latest tools for research collaboration and keeping current in your field of research
  • Apply digital research methods and tools to visualise and analyse data


Publish & communicate your research effectively

  • Communicate your research output in the most appropriate method to meet the intended purpose
  • Select appropriate publications, dissemination outlets and platforms from which to communicate and disseminate your research and information

Create & Impact

Protect & commercialise your research output

  • Articulate the commercial value of your scientific discoveries and its contribution to the society
  • Determine the applicability and marketability of your research output through the use of various resources

Measure & Enhance

Measure the impact & enhance the visibility of your research

  • Use appropriate tools & techniques to measure your research impact
  • Use the institutional repository to enhance the visibility and discoverability of your research

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