APG5155 - Designing research in the humanities and social sciences - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Kirsten McLean


Associate Professor Kirsten McLean

Not offered in 2019


Must be enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Arts Research.


This unit provides students with advanced skills in the design of research projects in the humanities and social sciences. The unit explores the core issues involved in conducting humanities and social science research and examines a variety of research methodologies and methods. Its focus on the process of research design allows students to develop skills in writing detailed research proposals for their own research topics.


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

  1. critically evaluate research design principles, data collection and data analysis techniques in existing research in the humanities and social sciences;
  2. identify and select a range of research methodologies and methods for a specific discipline, issue or topic;
  3. identify and apply ethical principles in research practice;
  4. initiate and design an original research project.


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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