Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher


This unit provides doctoral and masters students with high level skills in social science research design, research methods and effective and ethical research practice. Topics covered include successful research design, advanced qualitative methods, advanced quantitative methods, ethical research practices, data analysis and fieldwork practice. Students complete both written and oral presentations in these areas.


The learning goals of this unit are to:

  1. Acquire advanced skills in research design;
  2. Acquire advanced skills in qualitative and quantitative social science research methods;
  3. Achieve grounded knowledge of and practice in applying appropriate data collection, analysis and fieldwork practices for research;
  4. Achieve knowledge of ethical research practices;
  5. Ensure development of high level written and oral skills required for postgraduate study.


Research proposal (6000 words): 65%
Oral presentation (3000 words): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Five 4-hour sessions across a 12 week period.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Review of all delivered content, active participation in student exercises, facilitated on-line.