Research course descriptions

  • Fremantle

    RSCH7000 Quantitative Research Methods
    This course is designed to initiate Higher Degree Research students into the use of quantitative research methods and measurement in applied settings. Students will be introduced to the foundations of empirical inquiry through the formulation and evaluation of research designs and the performance of both descriptive and inferential statistical analyses. The course content emphasises question design, hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis as well as the interpretation of findings in a scholarly manner. Students will be assessed through project reports based on workshops and class materials as well as the critical analysis of complex articles that utilise various statistical methods.

    RSCH7001 Qualitative Research Methods
    The purpose of this course is to assist students in both understanding the theoretical orientation of contemporary qualitative research methods and evaluating the most appropriate research methodology for their Higher Degree by Research thesis. The course will emphasise the difference between methodology, methods of data collection and methods of data analysis, providing students with skills to critically evaluate and transmit solutions that are most appropriate for their individual research project. With a focus on applying complex critical and theoretical knowledge, the course will also prepare students to evaluate a qualitative research journal article and generate a critique that will assist in the development of interpretation and writing skills.

    RSCH7002 Scholarly Reading and Writing
    This course is designed to enhance the critical reading and scholarly writing skills required by a Higher Degree by Research student. Students will be introduced to the key components of preparing a literature review as well as scholarly writing skills relating to the production of a research thesis. Areas of discussion will include: techniques for resourcing and managing literature; critically analysing experts in your field of study; utilising different formats of literature reviews; academic and scholarly writing styles; structuring long and short pieces; and preparing work for publication and examination. The course requires students to undertake a substantial literature review in their chosen area of research. They will reflect upon and respond to feedback through the assessment of both a first draft and final draft which may be used as part of the student’s final thesis.

    RSCH7003 Developing a Research Proposal
    This course is designed to assist students in understanding the principles of writing a research proposal through the process of preparing a proposal for their Higher Degree by Research project. Students will be introduced to the key components of preparing and writing a proposal including: the purpose(s) of the research question; critically analysing and reviewing the existing literature; preparing an abstract; deciding on a research methodology and methods of data collection; proposing an approach for data analysis; identifying ethical issues and preparing for an ethics application; providing a clear plan and timeline for each stage of research. Students may find their supervisors a useful resource for defining the specifics of the research and the disciplinary context, and supervisors will be invited to participate in the development of the proposal.

  • Sydney

    RSCH7000 Quantitative Research Methods
    This course is designed to initiate Higher Degree Research students into the use of quantitative research methods and measurement in applied settings. Students will be introduced to the foundations of empirical inquiry through the formulation and evaluation of research designs and the performance of both descriptive and inferential statistical analyses. The course content emphasises question design, hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis as well as the interpretation of findings in a scholarly manner. Students will be assessed through project reports based on workshops and class materials as well as the critical analysis of complex articles that utilise various statistical methods.

    RSCH7001 Qualitative Research Methods
    The purpose of this course is to assist students in both understanding the theoretical orientation of contemporary qualitative research methods and evaluating the most appropriate research methodology for their Higher Degree by Research thesis. The course will emphasise the difference between methodology, methods of data collection and methods of data analysis, providing students with skills to critically evaluate and transmit solutions that are most appropriate for their individual research project. With a focus on applying complex critical and theoretical knowledge, the course will also prepare students to evaluate a qualitative research journal article and generate a critique that will assist in the development of interpretation and writing skills.

    RSCH7002 Scholarly Reading and Writing
    This course is designed to enhance the critical reading and scholarly writing skills required by a Higher Degree by Research student. Students will be introduced to the key components of preparing a literature review as well as scholarly writing skills relating to the production of a research thesis. Areas of discussion will include: techniques for resourcing and managing literature; critically analysing experts in your field of study; utilising different formats of literature reviews; academic and scholarly writing styles; structuring long and short pieces; and preparing work for publication and examination. The course requires students to undertake a substantial literature review in their chosen area of research. They will reflect upon and respond to feedback through the assessment of both a first draft and final draft which may be used as part of the student’s final thesis.

    RSCH7003 Developing a Research Proposal
    This course is designed to assist students in understanding the principles of writing a research proposal through the process of preparing a proposal for their Higher Degree by Research project. Students will be introduced to the key components of preparing and writing a proposal including: the purpose(s) of the research question; critically analysing and reviewing the existing literature; preparing an abstract; deciding on a research methodology and methods of data collection; proposing an approach for data analysis; identifying ethical issues and preparing for an ethics application; providing a clear plan and timeline for each stage of research. Students may find their supervisors a useful resource for defining the specifics of the research and the disciplinary context, and supervisors will be invited to participate in the development of the proposal.