SOCS5003 Research Design

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Science Communication [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
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) demonstrate understanding of 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
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)
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 Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-U-1D-2020]
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.