SCIE5550 Research Design

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Dr Amin Mugera
Unit rules
have undertaken 24 points of coursework in the Master of International Development including at least three core units and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units
Contact hours
up to 30 hours
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