Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Karen Crinall


Not offered in 2016


This unit provides a framework for designing research methodologies relevant to human service and community organisations in the public and private sectors, by examining the history, nature, function and current role of social and community research. By focusing on the management of research projects, students engage in exercises requiring the resolution of ethical and methodological issues and dilemmas, including forming researchable topics and questions, negotiating the selection of appropriate design and method, including participatory and action research; developing awareness of underpinning agendas and vested interests; and knowledge of philosophical and theoretical positions.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. engage with research relevant to their particular organisational context in the public and private sectors, as a creative, problem-solving activity;
  2. demonstrate awareness of, and critical engagement with theoretical, practical and ethical considerations in research design and conduct;
  3. demonstrate knowledge and skills in conducting and evaluating research and skills in the management of research projects;
  4. demonstrate critical awareness of the options and constraints of different types of research design, including qualitative and quantitative methodologies;
  5. identify appropriate methods for conducting research across a range of contexts;
  6. design an appropriate research methodology.


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

Students will be expected to participate for a minimum of one hour per fortnight in on-line activities and discussion. Students will also be required to consult regularly with the unit adviser, where possible in face-to-face meetings.


Two of APG4761, APG4762, APG4571, APG4572, EDF6801, EDF6802, EDF6810, EDF6821 or by permission


APG5786, ATS4854