Course Title: Research Strategies - Social Sciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Strategies - Social Sciences

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2079

City Campus

Postgraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

HUSO2079

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

HUSO2079

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

HUSO2112

City Campus

Research

330H Social Science & Planning

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

HUSO2112

City Campus

Research

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

HUSO2112

City Campus

Research

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008

Course Coordinator: Dr. Nicole Pepperell

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email: nicole.pepperell@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2.7

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 

At least one semester of study at Masters level: This is not a first semester course.

ONLINE STUDENTS: Please note, this course is very challenging and requires considerable discipline and commitment to teacher-directed, independent study. 


Course Description

 

In this course you will develop research skills to help prepare you to design a small-scale research project in the humanities and social sciences, such as a Masters Capstone Research Project or Masters Minor Thesis. The course will also develop your knowledge of a wide range of practical, conceptual, ethical and methodological issues associated with social research, to enable you to more effectively use and analyse others’ research and to commission and manage research projects undertaken by others.

**NOTE: To be able to undertake the Masters Minor Thesis, you must obtain a grade of 70 or above in this course. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to help you develop skills relevant to the following RMIT Graduate capabilities:

  • Work ready
  • Global in outlook and confidence
  • Environmentally aware and responsible
  • Culturally and socially aware
  • Active and lifelong learners
  • Innovative


 Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate key theoretical and practical approaches to social research
  • Review existing research literature relevant to a chosen question or topic
  • Apply your understanding of social research, to critically evaluate the design of small-scale social research projects
  • Analyse the ways in which social research informs professional practice and public policy in your chosen profession


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both on-campus and/or online such as lectures (either in person or recorded), independent research, workshops and/or online activities. Modules dealing with specific research approaches (such as surveys, ethnography, history or statistics) are also available.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research and sources with your peers.

We highly recommend the RMIT Library's subject guide on Social Research Methods as a starting point for searching for research methods' material: http://rmit.libguides.com/researchmethods


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Assessment in this course is may include written assignments, presentations, essays or tests. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises.

• If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
• A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
• Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment