Introduces students to the methodologies, tools and techniques of research. Both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of research methods will be addressed. Areas considered include types of research, problem identification, literature review, research question and hypotheses development, research design, data collection and sampling, survey questionnaires, validity and reliability, measurement techniques, data analysis, statistical tests, and writing research proposals and reports.
Topic 1 Research and research tools
Topic 2 Problem identification and literature review
Topic 3 Planning a research project
Topic 4 Qualitative and historical research
Topic 5 Descriptive research and sampling
Topic 6 Experimental and ex post facto designs
Topic 7 Mixed methods research
Topic 8 Analysing quantitative data
Topic 9 Writing a research proposal
Topic 10 Preparing a research report
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate understanding of the ways in which research can be conducted and communicated||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||conduct and write a literature review||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|3||define and design a research project and communicate this via oral presentation and written research proposal.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||critically assess, evaluate and choose alternative research designs, tools and methods||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||interpret common quantitative analysis outputs.||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Leedy, PD & Ormrod, JE, 2013, Practical Research: Planning and Design, 10th edn, Pearson, Boston.
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Teaching and assessment
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