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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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Not offered in 2016


This unit addresses approaches to research design and analysis. The topics comprise experimental design, applied methodology, and qualitative research. Experimental design and analysis includes hypothesis testing, t-tests, analysis of variance and post-hoc tests. Applied methodology includes correlation, chi-square, non-parametric tests and observational, archival and single subject designs. The laboratory program complements the learning, and provides further training in research techniques and analysis.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate the conceptual and practical skills in designing and analysing research
  2. identify the appropriate application of a variety of statistical tests
  3. apply statistical skills using data analysis software.


Online quizzes (600 words, 15%)
Two data analysis and report writing assignments (600 words, 15%; 800 words, 20%)
Examination (multiple-choice) (2 hours, 2000 words, 50%)
Students must pass the examination to achieve a pass for this unit.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2-hr lecture per week
  • 2-hr laboratory class per fortnight
  • Additional requirements (all students):
    • Independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester.

    See also Unit timetable information

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