Unit aim

Introduces students to the methodologies, tools and techniques of research. Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of research methods will be addressed. The unit prepares students to undertake a substantial, independent research project in their area of scholarly interest. Students also learn to justify and defend their research proposal to an academic audience, via a formal seminar.

Unit content

Topic 1    Introduction to Honours research
Topic 2    Overview of research paradigms and methodologies
Topic 3    Planning research and the role of human ethics
Topic 4    Literature review
Topic 5    Research designs
Topic 6    Quantitative methods and data collection
Topic 7    Qualitative methods and data collection
Topic 8    Sampling for qualitative and quantitative research
Topic 9    Data analysis tools: Quantitative
Topic 10  Data analysis tools: Qualitative
Topic 11  Reporting research

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Workshop online 2 hours (6 weeks)
Assessment
Short written response20%
Research Proposal50%
Presentation30%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop online 2 hours (6 weeks)
Assessment
Short written response20%
Research Proposal50%
Presentation30%

Lismore

Teaching method
Workshop online 2 hours (6 weeks)
Assessment
Short written response20%
Research Proposal50%
Presentation30%

Online

Teaching method
Workshop online 2 hours (6 weeks)
Assessment
Short written response20%
Research Proposal50%
Presentation30%
Notice

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Fee information

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