APG5786 - Human services research methods - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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




Dr Karen Crinall

Not offered in 2017


Students need to contact the Arts Student ServicesArts Student Services (http://future.arts.monash.edu/contact-arts/) desk to enrol in the unit.


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;
  7. critically explore the relevance of various contemporary theoretical approaches, including postmodern, feminist and critical theory, in the design of their research.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Chief examiner(s)

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.

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


Two of APG4761, APG4762, APG4571, APG4572, APG5571, APG5572, EDF6801, EDF6802, EDF6810, EDF6821 or by permission


APG4763, APG5869, ATS4854