Available in 2018, 2019
Course code

GSBR6101

Units

20 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

The course introduces students to research in the social sciences by providing an overview of the key principles and concepts used in research and it facilitates students in defining and refining their research topic in preparation for the subsequent courses in the program. Additionally the course provides practical skills required for successful research organisation and writing.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 2 - 2018

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify ethical issues in research

2. Apply library research and writing skills in the preparation and presentation of assignments.

3. Analyse research designs in the context of research paradigms

4. Evaluate scholarly literature

5. Synthesise arguments to develop a well justified research question


Content

Topics in this course include the following:

  1. Research Paradigms
  2. Theoretical Frameworks
  3. Research Questions
  4. Role of Literature in Research
  5. Research Designs
  6. Ethical Research
  7. Academic Research Skills

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Short written critiques posted online and peer reviews.

Written Assignment: Critical comparison of journal articles

Written Assignment: Development of a research question justified by literature.


Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Newcastle City Precinct

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term