Introduces students to the principles, objectives and methods of social research. Develops practical skills in reviewing literature, constructing research questions and writing up research for publication. Students practice reading published research and analysing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data. They will conduct a small piece of research of their own design.
Topic 1. Principles and stages of research
Topic 2. Reading and understanding research reports and journal articles
Topic 3. Developing research questions/objectives
Topic 4. Variables and their measurement: qualitative data
Topic 5. Variables and their measurement: quantitative data
Topic 6. Research design, data collection and recording; Ethics
Topic 7. Managing and coding qualitative data
Topic 8. Managing and coding quantitative data
Topic 9. Summarising and presenting data
Topic 10. Disseminating research findings
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||identify an author's research question, primary methods and key findings in published research articles||Intellectual rigour|
|2||compose a research question||Communication and social skills|
|3||construct a well-integrated literature review||Communication and social skills|
|4||construct valid interview and questionnaire questions||Communication and social skills|
|5||code data thematically and categorically||Ethical practice|
|6||compile tables and graphs||Ethical practice|
|7||write a research article.||Ethical practice|
- It is essential that you acquire a copy of this text to be able to complete the practical tasks in this unit: Bouma, G & Ling, R, 2004, The research process, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne. ISBN: 0195517466.
- It is essential that you acquire a copy of this text to be able to complete the practical tasks in this unit. : Bouma, G & Ling, R, 2004, The research process, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne. ISBN: 0195517466.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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