This unit introduces students to the concepts, processes and practices of social science research. Theoretical content will build understanding of key concepts and terms in social research, and practical engagement in workshops supports the development of skills and understanding in social research processes and practices. Workshop activities in academic reading, writing and research skills will prepare students for assessments in this and other units, and assessment tasks have been designed to progressively develop and test growing skills, knowledge and comprehension.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Illustrate a developing understanding of social research processes, and the kinds of knowledge gained through social research;  
  2. Recognise the basic principles and practices associated with the practical use of qualitative and quantitative research methods;  
  3. Understand key foundational research terms and concepts;  
  4. Locate and develop skills in summary, paraphrasing and synthesis of literature;  
  5. Evaluate relevant literature and present this evaluation in a scholarly literature review.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Bibliographic exercise (1000 words) 30%
Literature Review Review, evaluation and synthesis of journal articles (1200 words) 30%
Test Class Test (1 hour) 40%

Required reading

Psychology research methods
Burton, L., & Goodwin, C. J., & Goodwin, K.A., & Jose, P.(2018)
Milton, QLD: John Wiley and Sons Australia, Ltd.

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