Available in 2021
Course code

SOCS3200

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course provides grounding in advanced social research methods. In this course you will practise your qualitative research skills. You will identify, workshop and apply social science research skills by developing a research proposal, writing a literature review, collecting and analysing data, and producing a research report based on the data collected. Your small research project will be conducted under a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) approved topic area.


Availability2021 Course Timetables

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop a research question appropriate for a small qualitative research project.

2. Justify the validity of a qualitative research method in addressing the selected question.

3. Assess the ethical issues involved in the project and identify appropriate ethical research decisions.

4. Plan, collect and critically analyse qualitative research data.

5. Communicate research results in written and oral forms, at a capstone level.


Content

In this course you will undertake a range of exercises to develop your qualitative research skills. Topics and activities may include:

  • Writing research proposals
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Ethical research practices
  • Qualitative data collection
  • Conducting research interviews
  • Conducting focus groups
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Research report writing

Assumed knowledge

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


Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal (30%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: In Class or Online Exercises (10%)

Report: Research Report (50%)

Presentation: In Class or Online Presentation (10%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lectorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

As this course involves participation in an ethics approved research project, there is a minimum of 60% attendance required.

Ourimbah

Lectorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

As this course involves participation in an ethics approved research project, there is a minimum of 60% attendance required.

Online

Lectorial

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.