This unit of study aims to provide students with limited, supervised experience in planning, conducting, analysing and reporting a socially significant research study. On completion of this unit of study, students should be able to: further understand the significance of social research and the difficulties associated with undertaking social research and design and complete a qualitative and/or quantitative research study with some degree of independence.

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APS3030 - Social Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explicate understanding of the significance of applied social research;  
  2. Develop research strategies for data gathering and analysis;  
  3. Apply knowledge gained in research methods to design and undertake a qualitative and/or quantitative research study; and  
  4. Competently present and defend the research project.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Research Paper Research report (quantitative or qualitative): 4,000 words – Part A (Week 1): 1000 words (20%); Part B (Week 3): 3000 words (50%) 70%
Presentation Oral presentation of completed report (Week 4:10mins) 30%

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