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 UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedBerwick First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mark Symmons


Previously coded SCY2817


This unit provides an introduction to the basic concepts necessary for understanding and undertaking research in the social and psychological sciences. A range of research methods and the situations in which those methods can be appropriately applied are explored, along with general research design, research ethics, data collection techniques, and research reporting.


On successful completion of this unit students should have:

  1. Familiarity with the stages and content of a research project;
  2. The ability to describe a range of methods used in conducting social research along with their strengths and weaknesses;
  3. Improved their proficiency in research reporting skills;
  4. Extended their ability to critically evaluate published research;
  5. Prepared themselves for undertaking research in the social sciences or psychology.


Written work (2700 words): 60%
Examination (2-hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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

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


24 points in any discipline


ATS2397, ATS3397, BHS2110, BHS3110, COG1112, SCY2817