Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Jacqui Howell


Previously coded SCY2817


This unit introduces students to the basic concepts necessary for understanding and undertaking research in the social and psychological sciences. Topics include a range of research methods, the strengths and weaknesses of each method, the situations in which each method can be appropriately applied, research design, ethics principles, data collection techniques, and reporting of research.


On successful completion of this unit students should have:

  1. Familiarity, both theoretical and practical, with the basic stages and content of a research project;
  2. The ability to describe a range of methods used in conducting social research and be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each method;
  3. Improved their proficiency in research reporting skills;
  4. Extended their ability to critically evaluate research reports;
  5. Prepared themselves for undertaking research in the social sciences and psychology.


Written work (3000 words): 60%
Examination (2-hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Jacqui Howell

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies


24 points at first year level


ATS2397, ATS3397, BHS2110, BHS3110, COG1112, GSC1112, SCY2817