Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice

Fieldwork can be demanding and poses unique research challenges as well as risks to the security and safety of the researcher and research participants. Fieldwork also relies on the researcher's ability to clearly understand their research design and methods in order to effectively and ethically access, collect and manage data in the field.

This course teaches a range of applied research methodologies and field skills and techniques to prepare students for undertaking detailed fieldwork research with vulnerable research participants and/or for extended periods overseas or in less secure and/or complex and hostile environments.

Students develop theoretically grounded, practical knowledge of what is required to undertake applied research in complex and hostile places. This course provides a rigorous framework through which students can develop an integrated research plan, ethics application and fieldwork risk management plan to support cutting edge postgraduate research that is required for postgraduate research theses.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice
Award abbreviation
GCFP
Course code
12270
Course type
postgraduate certificate
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth), training camp location
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr David Mickler and Dr Scott Flower
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Remaining units will be selected in consultation with the course adviser as electives to complement and inform study in the area of disciplinary or
cross-disciplinary depth (including additional methodological skills units).
A minimum of 50 per cent of units must be studied at Level 5.
At the completion of the Graduate Certificate, a student may apply to articulate into the Master of Social Research Methods (with the 24 points of Graduate Certificate credit).

Take all units from this group (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSSOCS5911Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places (12 points)
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of postgraduate study or approval by the unit coordinator. Students must submit a Researcher Profile Self-assessment prior to enrolment as part of an expression of interest in undertaking SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places. Eligible students must also complete the International Red Cross/Red Crescent 'Stay Safe—Personal Security' online module and present their certificate to the unit coordinator prior to commencement date. To register and access the online training go to: https://ifrc.csod.com/selfreg/register.aspx?c=sr-en.
Incompatibility:
SOCS5912 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places Part 2

In consultation with the course adviser, students will complete 12 points of core and then complete 12 points from relevant Level 4 and 5 elective units available in all faculties. These units will be selected in consultation with the course adviser as electives to complement and inform study in the area of disciplinary or cross-disciplinary depth.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA with the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a major;

or

(b) a level and duration of education, professional experience, and demonstrable life skills considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—Expression of Interest form.

Self-assessment form.

Online preparation questionnaire.

Articulations and exit awards

6. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 12270 Graduate Certificate in Fieldwork Practice (24 points)
  • 12560 Master of Social Research Methods (96 points)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. "(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';"

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.