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Gold Coast
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Unit description

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.

Unit content

Module 1: Starting your Research Journey

Module 2:  Constructing your Research Agenda: Research Methods, Research Questions and Objectives

Module 3:  Instrumentation and Collection: Ethics, Questionnaire and Interview Process

Module 4: Making sense of your Data

Module 5:  Presenting your Findings

Module 6: Completing your Research Journey: Publishing

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1recognise the importance of Research Ethics in social science research
2use appropriate social science research design, tools and methods to develop a research proposal
3analyse qualitative data meaningfully and discuss findings in a well-developed academic writing format.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise the importance of Research Ethics in social science research
  2. use appropriate social science research design, tools and methods to develop a research proposal
  3. analyse qualitative data meaningfully and discuss findings in a well-developed academic writing format.

Prescribed Learning Resources

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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Essay60%
Informed Consent FormSR
Research Proposal40%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Essay60%
Informed Consent FormSR
Research Proposal40%
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Fee information

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