Research Design PG (10388.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Intensive
|0.25||6||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra Business School||Post Graduate Level|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesThe outcome of any unit for individual students is contingent upon what each student brings to class and the amount of energy and effort they deploy. However, a student who engages in all class activities with diligence can expect to be able to:
1. Identify research design issues and employ appropriate research methods appropriate for different paradigmatic research;
2. Critically evaluate designs in existing research according to relevant quality criteria;
3. Analyse interdependences between project components to explore how changes influence the overall design of a study and recognise the need to plan for contingencies in research;
4. Defend a research design for a research programme with an appropriate contribution to knowledge within which to evaluate existing systems and address practical problems;
5. Critically analyse the implications of ethics within a chosen research programme and identify, where appropriate, relevant issues pursuant to ethical frameworks, including the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research; and
6. Produce a research portfolio demonstrating appropriate research design skills.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Subject Matter Outcomes
This course will familiarise students with the following:
- Contemporary debates in the philosophy of the social sciences
- Research design
- The ethical issues involved in social science research
- Approaches to qualitative data analysis
- Advanced quantitative research methods
- Computational/big data techniques of data analysis
In addition to the subject matter outcomes identified above, this course will facilitate the acquisition and retention of a number of generic skills which are critical components of professional academic life.
- Students’ abilities to engage in analysis and inquiry will be developed and practiced particularly through assignments concerning research design which require students to identify a strategy for analysing situations which often do not avail themselves of an obvious approach.
- Problem solving abilities will be developed through the research design process which requires students move from the identification of an analytical problem to devising a strategy to collect data which will enable the student to render an adequate response.
- Communication skills will be developed through written work as well as brief oral presentations to the class.
- Professionalism and social responsibility will be developed through the completion of assignments which serve as a socialization process for engaging in professional social science as well as sessions and assignments concerning the University ethics approval process.
Prerequisites10386 Research Fundamentals PG AND 10387 Reading and Critiquing Literature PG.
Incompatible units6647 Research Methodology and Research Design PG, 6648 Quantitative Research Methods B PG AND 6649 Qualitative Research Methods B PG
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Singapore||Semester 1||06 February 2023||Intensive||Prof Raechel Johns|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||Intensive||Prof Raechel Johns|
|2023||Singapore||Semester 2||31 July 2023||Intensive||Prof Raechel Johns|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||Intensive||Prof Raechel Johns|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||Intensive||Prof Raechel Johns|
|2024||Singapore||Semester 1||05 February 2024||Intensive||Prof Raechel Johns|
|2024||Singapore||Semester 2||29 July 2024||Intensive||Prof Raechel Johns|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||Intensive||Prof Raechel Johns|
Students are not required to purchase a textbook. All recommended readings for each session will be provided on Canvas.
The philosophy of the unit is that students are capabale, with structured guidance, of creating their own personalised learning resources through each assignment to help them better appreciate the complexity of research design. As such, students will be encouraged to use additional literature in their topic area and discipline to help them learn about the important descisions and choices they will make. This will be essential for the completion of your assessment, and ultimately your proposal and thesis as well.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Submision of all Assignments is through CANVAS site.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
As per UC policy, this unit is expected to require 300 hours of work. Of this, there will be a set of intensive workshops (5 classes at 4 hours each). Students will be expected to do online, reading, learning, writing, developmental, reflection and assignment preparation work in the remaining hours.
Required IT skills
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