Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJournalism
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Philip Chubb (Semester 1); Professor Chris Nash (Semester 2)


Previously coded JCS2603


This unit provides students with a thorough, critical introduction to the quantitative and qualitative methodologies of research in the social sciences for journalistic purposes, with an emphasis on computer-assisted research. Topics covered include introductory statistics, accessing and using databases in Australia, Europe and North America, archival and documentary research, memory and oral history, analysis of financial statements and company records, epidemiology, focus groups and interviewing..


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to

  1. demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge and critical capacity to make effective usage of a range of social science research methodologies
  2. demonstrate an ability to use, discuss and analyse research and methodological techniques and approaches in a clear, concise and rigorous way
  3. collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion processes, including online forums
  4. produce their written work to deadline making effective use of the conventions of scholarly presentation (references, bibliography, etc)
  5. work independently and in groups to achieve their learning outcomes
  6. demonstrate a critical awareness of the strengths, limitations and socio-professional implications of scientific research practices for journalism


Minimum requirement: attendance and participation as specified in the Unit Guide for the mode of delivery
Minor project (1500 words): 30%
In-class Invigilation (500 words): 20%
Major Project (2500 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

1 hr lecture; 2 hrs tutorial per week

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