Unit description

Considers the role, nature and practice of research in education. Students are introduced to general research principles and qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies with a focus on ethical issues in the conduct of research. Students plan a research-based project, and develop a research proposal.

Unit content

Weeks 1 & 2 - Module 1: Introduction

  • The role, nature and practice of research in education.
  • The role of ontology, epistemology and theory in informing approaches to research.
  • Overview of research methodology and methods, including a broad understanding of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches.
  • Framing a research study.

Weeks 3 & 4 - Module 2a: Qualitative research methods in education (optional module)

  • Qualitative methodology and theory.
  • Qualitative data collection approaches and techniques, including sampling.
  • Qualitative data analysis approaches.
  • Evaluating qualitative research.

Weeks 3 & 4 - Module 2b: Quantitative research methods (optional module)

  • Quantitative methodology and theory.
  • Quantitative data collection approaches and techniques, including sampling.
  • Quantitative data analysis approaches.
  • Evaluating quantitative research.

Weeks 5 & 6 - Module 3: Preparing a research proposal and ethics application

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees


Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.