Unit description

Engages students in thinking about ways in which research can be rigorous, flexible and participative through the use of critical reflection within an iterative action and research procedure. Action Research is a research methodology which pursues both action outcomes (change) and research outcomes. This unit is available only online, enrolling students must have access to a computer, modem and an email account. It is recommended that students have completed at least eight units from the Masters program before undertaking this unit.

Unit content

Topic 1 The change process and action research 
Topic 2 Entry and contracting 
Topic 3 Participation and involvement 
Topic 4 Achieving participation 
Topic 5 Achieving rigour 
Topic 6 Collecting and analysing data 
Topic 7 Convergent interviewing 
Topic 8 Focus groups 
Topic 9 Evaluation as action research 
Topic 10 The Snyder evaluation process 
Topic 11 Soft systems methodology

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


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Fee information


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