The aim of this unit is to provide basic social science research skills and methods and an opportunity to think more deeply about a contemporary issue related to criminology, examine the relevant literature and engage in a systematic and evidence-based investigation of that issue. Students in small teams will plan to undertake a empirical research project in an area of interest a with due consideration of ethical issues. In this unit, student teams will develop a project plan and report on the process. In LCR3902 Research Project, student teams will undertake the study and report on the findings

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Students must have completed ten units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the scope of scientific knowledge and the strengths, weaknesses and application of the major research paradigms in criminology  
  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the ethical issues in research  
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of key research strategies and methods of data collection and analysis  
  4. Select appropriate research designs and research methods to address hypothetical and real world problems  
  5. Describe techniques of quantitative and qualitative data analysis and fundamental statistical techniques  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Identification of an issue for empirical research 30%
Presentation Presentation of draft research proposal 20%
Project Project proposal 50%

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