This is a postgraduate research methods class designed for masters students pursuing advanced specialisations in the humanities or social sciences. The subject reviews the purposes for social research, competing paradigms, qualitative and quantitative research designs and tools for analysis, and establishes a foundation for valuable lifelong learning skills.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Research Methods|
Delivery & attendance
|Attendance and learning activities:||Students undertaking the subject in the on-line mode will be required to attend weekly online tutorials conducted via iLearn Collaborate, and to complete assigned tutorial tasks and engage with the lecturer and classmates via an online discussion board. Students will also be required to complete all assessment tasks.|
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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles of qualitative and quantitative research methodology and apply theory to practical research projects.
- Deal with research problems, time management and decision making.
- Demonstrate practical data collection and analytical skills and will design a complete, professional research report.
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of social and ethical obligations in academic and corporate research environments.
|Class Participation||Contribution to class activities||10%||Ongoing||1, 2, 3, 4.|
|Project Plan||Research Project Part 1: Research Proposal and Literature Review||30%||Week 5||1, 2, 3, 4.|
|Project Report||Research Project Part 2: Final Report||60%||Week 11||1, 2, 3, 4.|
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.
Policy on late submission and extensions
A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.
Policy on plagiarism
University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.
Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.
Subject Administration and Assessment Details. The Nature and Process of Social Research
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodology. Details of Assignment 1: Research Project Part I
Research Design: types, characteristics, reliability validity and duplicability. Planning your own research project
Undertaking a literature review and writing up your own research
Understanding and navigating the ethical issues in social science research
Quantitative data collection in social science research: Sampling and data collection, structured interviewing, self-report questionnaires, and asking questions
Qualitative data collection in social science research: sampling, ethnography and participation observation, interviewing, focus groups, and language. First assignment due
Existing data, meta-analysis, and the use of existing documents as sources of data.
Quantitative data analysis: descriptive and inferential statistics
Qualitative data analysis: analytic induction, grounded theory, thematic analysis, narrative analysis, synthesised qualitative studies