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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Olga Bursian


This unit provides a framework for designing research methodologies relevant to human service and community organisations in the public and private sectors, by examining the history, nature, function and current role of social and community research. By focusing on the management of research projects, students engage in exercises requiring the resolution of ethical and methodological issues and dilemmas, including forming researchable topics and questions, negotiating the selection of appropriate design and method, including participatory and action research; developing awareness of underpinning agendas and vested interests; and knowledge of philosophical and theoretical positions.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to: engage with research relevant to their particular organisational context in the public and private sectors, as a creative, problem-solving activity; demonstrate awareness of, and critical engagement with theoretical, practical and ethical considerations in research design and conduct; demonstrate knowledge and skills in conducting and evaluating research and skills in the management of research projects. Students will also be able to: demonstrate critical awareness of the options and constraints of different types of research design, including qualitative and quantitative methodologies; identify appropriate methods for conducting research across a range of contexts, and design an appropriate research methodology. Students will be able to critically explore the relevance of various contemporary theoretical approaches, including postmodern, feminist and critical theory, in the design of their research.


Written work: 100% (9000 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Karen Crinall

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students will be expected to participate for a minimum of one hour per fortnight in on-line activities and discussion. Students will also be required to consult regularly with the unit adviser, where possible in face-to-face meetings.


Two of HSM4301, HSM4302, HSM4303, HSM4304, or all of RCD4601, RCD4602, RCD4603, RCD4604


HSM5305, SCW4305