SOCS5003 Research Design
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Multi-mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Multi-mode
- This unit focuses on the design of social research for academic and applied purposes. It deals with the logic and methods of social enquiry, particularly the application of social research methods to a range of contexts and social problems. Students learn how to develop a research proposal for academic and applied purposes (i.e. attracting funding) using a range of methods and perspectives.
- Students are able to (1) understand the role of social research in advancing knowledge and policy development; (2) design a context-applicable social research project, including constructing hypotheses or research questions, appropriate sampling, data collection and analysis, and awareness of ethical issues; (3) identify the problems and limitations of the research process; (4) identify sources of funding; (5) write a funding or research proposal; and (6) design a research budget.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a research outline; (2) participation; and (3) a research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Farida Fozdar
- Unit rules
- for Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
- Contact hours
- up to 30 hours
- Unit Outline
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.