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Research Methods PG (9505.2)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Business School


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This unit introduces the skills and techniques used to gather and analyse data and information in the social science and applied social science disciplines including politics, policy and administrative sciences, economics, business administration, management, marketing, HRM, international business, urban & regional planning and information systems. The unit consists of 3 parts. The first part is concerned with using the internet to discover and understand existing data sources in Australia and in other countries. Online access to Australian Bureau of Statistics data will be explored. The second part of the unit introduces students to quantitative methods. Basic concepts in descriptive statistics will be reviewed before moving on to basic laws of probability, hypothesis testing, calculation of confidence intervals, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and correlation and regression analysis. The final part of the unit will introduce students to qualitative methodologies, techniques for gathering data, and methods of analysis. Topics covered include participant observation, interviews, focus groups and visual and textual analysis. Important epistemological issues relating to the social sciences and applied social sciences including questions of validity and generalisability will also be addressed.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of thus unit, students will be able to:

1. Be familiar with key methodological issues and challenges concerning quantitative and qualitative research methods;

2. Be familiar with some of the different qualitative and quantitative methods for gathering research material;

3. Be familiar with some of the different quantitative and qualitative data and information analysis techniques;

4. Reason about how research questions and their underlying theories relate to research methods;

5. Use SPSS;

6. Have an understanding of probability sufficient to interpret the design, analysis, and results of a statistical inquiry;

7. Have a knowledge of key data and national and international indicators from Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries; and

8. Select the statistical analysis methods most appropriate to the data set and specific questions of interest.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week.





Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

6647 Research Methodology and Research Design B PG
6649 Qualitative Research Methods B PG
6648 Quantitative Research Methods B PG

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