Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2015
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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Off-campus attendance requirements

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

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


APG6600, APR5600 and APR6600