Independent Research Project

    Unit code: APS3040 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    APS3030 - Social Research Methods
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    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.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

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

    Required reading

    Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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