On Campus
1 x 2-hour seminar weekly

Distance Online
1 x 10-hour online exercise weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of DVST9020A, DVST9023 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic provides a comprehensive overview of the research process from project design and management to the effective communication of results to different audiences. The topic provides students with a structured opportunity to work towards development of their research project. More specifically, it reviews: the research process; research proposal development; ethical issues; research design and project management; sampling; research methods and data sources; interpreting results; and communicating research results. There is a strong practical component to the topic.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide students with:

  • An overview of research processes
  • An opportunity to practice specific research techniques (especially qualitative methods) used in social science
  • Instruction on scholarly and professional research communication
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Prepare a coherent and comprehensive research proposal
  2. Reflect critically on ethical issues associated with research
  3. Explain the relative strengths and weaknesses of a variety of research methods employed commonly in social science
  4. Manage a research project
  5. Correctly employ an appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative research strategy to answer a specific l research question
  6. Present research findings, orally and in written form, in accordance with scholarly and professional practice