Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - 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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Jacqui Howell


We live in an information-rich world, with details about any topic readily available. On a daily basis we are fed the latest research findings from a variety of so-called experts. The ability to analyse information critically and carefully evaluate it for ourselves has never been more important, and yet such skills are less likely to be taught. This unit provides an introduction to the basic concepts necessary for understanding and undertaking research, particularly 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. The unit also explores a number of approaches to critical thinking that will stand students in good stead as life-long learners, regardless of their course and major.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand the components, stages and content research properly conducted
  2. Know the appropriate use of a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods along with their strengths and weaknesses;
  3. Have improved their proficiency in research reporting skills;
  4. Extended their ability to critically evaluate published research;
  5. Honed their critical thinking skills.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 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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Chief examiner(s)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


ATS2723, ATS3723