Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to introduce students to research methods that are of a suitable academic standard for honours as well as having potential for input into community and management contexts. The emphasis is placed on theoretical and practical aspects that are appropriate for the above aims. The unit commences with an overview of the scientific method, and then focuses on each stage of the research process, including the problem definition, the theoretical framework, generation of hypotheses, etc. The unit is designed to offer students a broad view of research methodology, rather than specific knowledge in one area only. At the stage of research a broad view is critical in terms of academic and basic research development, so many aspects of research are covered and both qualitative and quantitative methods are addressed.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) develop a sound understanding of the research process in a wider context; (2) develop strong conceptual skills, particularly identifying the research problem or thesis and designing conceptual schema; (3) develop a high level of knowledge of the applications of research in academic (basic) domains as well as in community and commercial (applied) cases; (4) effectively evaluate basic research, especially journal papers; (5) recognise the advantages and limitations of commonly used research techniques; and (6) prepare a research proposal for a dissertation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation and (2) research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Trish Cain
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
or completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
or a Doctor of Philosophy in a relevant area
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.