- Code SOCR8082
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Social Research
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Population Studies, Social Research, Sociology, Demography
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Bruce Smyth
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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Close links exist between policy, practice and research. Yet data is often not available to help inform policy and/or practice. The ability to conduct high quality research in applied settings constitutes a set of skills that continue to be highly sought by government and non-government agencies, industry, and academia more generally.
This course aims to provide students with a solid understanding of each phase in the life of a research project (conception, scoping, planning, doing, and finalisation) and the way in which the components within each phase fit together. The course is applied in nature, and seeks to complement research methodology courses. It aims to provide the conceptual framework to help students develop and manage their own research projects (for post-graduate research or for use in the workplace) or to be able to commission or manage research by others.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- explain the life cycle of a research project;
- frame research questions or testable hypotheses, and define and operationalise key concepts in their research;
- propose research designs that are appropriate for their research question(s) or hypotheses;
- balance the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis;
- identify key ethical principles in the research process;
- communicate and present research in a clear, factual manner; and
- evaluate the quality of research (including their own).
Indicative AssessmentClass participation (5%) LO 1 - 7.
Assignment 1 Ethics protocol (2,000 words, 30%) LO 5.
Assignment 2 Research proposal (3,000 words, 40%) 2, 3, 4, 6, 7.
In-class test (2 hours, 25%) LO 1 - 7.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 18 hours of workshop or workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsW Lawrence Neuman (2006), Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (sixth edition)
Preliminary Readingde Vaus, D.A. (2002), Surveys in Social Research (5th edition), Allen and Unwin, Sydney
Robson, C. (2002), Real world research (2nd edition), Blackwell, London
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