The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course provides grounding in advanced social research methods. It is strongly advised that students should take it after SOCS2400 Applied Social Research and SOCS2300 Ethical debates in Social Sciences. In this course students will workshop social science research skills in developing research proposals, reviewing literature and collecting data. They will also participate in a larger research project which will allow them to apply these skills in a broader context and to write a research report.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop a research proposal which includes a research question, justification for the choice of method and an assessment of the ethical issues involved.

2. Conduct the planning, collection and analysis of qualitative data as part of a small research project.

3. Communicate research results in written and oral forms, using academic style.


This course provides grounding in advanced social research methods.

In this course students undertake a range of exercises to develop their qualitative research skills including writing research proposals, literature reviews, data collection, and report writing.

Students will also have the opportunity to take part in a research project and write an individual report based on the data collected.

Assumed knowledge

SOCS2400 Applied Social Research and SOCS2300 Ethical Debates in Social Sciences.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal (30%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Class Exercises

Report: Research Report (50%)

Presentation: In Class Presentation (10%)

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

As this course involves participation in an ethics approved research project, there is a minimum of 80% attendance required.