UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SOCS5003 Research Design

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Content 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.
Outcomes 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.
Assessment 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
Prerequisites: 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 OutlineTS-U-1D : http://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/SOCS5003/TS-U-1D/2017
TS-U-5 : http://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/SOCS5003/TS-U-5/2017

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