Social Research Methods

Unit code: APS3030 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
APS2030 - Qualitative Social Research Methods 1
APS2040 - Quantitative Social Research Methods 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit further develops students’ knowledge and skills in investigating research questions in psychology. Specifically this unit develops students’ understanding of assumptions and methods in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research paradigms. Students will further develop their knowledge of major qualitative methodologies and methods and ethical considerations when using qualitative methods.  Students will also gain skills in the use of and application of advanced quantitative techniques.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Elucidate knowledge of key assumptions and methods in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research paradigms;
  2. Critically assess and reflect upon the use of advanced qualitative approaches in contemporary social research;
  3. Critique ethical issues related to the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  4. Elucidate knowledge of advanced quantitative research methods; and
  5. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying and conducting appropriate statistical techniques.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Tests on theoretical content x 2 (2 hours)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Group-based assignment (1500 words per student)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Quantitative Data Report (1500 word equivalent)

Required reading

Discovering statistics using SPSS
Field, A., (2017)| London: SAGE Publications

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