Units of Study

GOVT6139 - Research Design

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Ben Goldsmith

Description

This unit will provide students with the fundamentals for constructing and conducting effective research projects in the social sciences. An overview of social science inquiry will be presented through an examination of the diversity in theoretical and methodological approaches used in research. This will include a focus on both primary research, using interviews and questionnaires, and secondary research, using statistical databases, content analysis and textual analysis. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be covered in the unit, as will an overview of ethical practices associated with research design. The assessment will be based around constructing practical research projects that can be utilised in both university and workplace-based research.

Assessments

1x1500wd essay (30%), 1x3000wd research proposal (50%), seminar participation (20%)

Classes

1x2-hr seminar/week

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