METHODS FOR GRADUATE RESEARCH

RMD5MGR

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

 In this subject, students will learn how to develop and refine research questions, select and develop research design and appropriate analysis, particularly in relation to quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods analysis. This subject is designed specifically for Graduate Researchers, therefore particular emphasis will be placed on evaluating the appropriateness of research questions, methods and analysis for research thesis.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorVirginia Dickson-Swift

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in a Graduate Research School course.

Co-requisites N/A

Incompatible subjects N/A

Equivalent subjects N/A

Special conditions N/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsQualitative research methodsRecommendedLiamputtong, PMelbourne Oxford University Press
ReadingsQualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches (2nd Ed)RecommendedCreswell, J. (2007)Sage, Thousand Oaks
ReadingsQualitative research: The essential guide to theory and practiceRecommendedSavin-Baden, M. & Major, C.H. (2013)Sage, Thousand Oaks

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critique and evaluate a range of different research methods, particularly related to quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology.

Activities:
Reading material, online quizzes, online debate and discussion, consultation with supervisor
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Formulate a research question, select an appropriate research method to address the question, and justify the research plan

Activities:
Consultation with supervisor, online discussion and debate, development of research proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Select, plan and justify data exploration and analysis techniques suitable for a research question

Activities:
Reading material, practice with practice data, online debate and discussion with facilitator, consultation with supervisor
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2018, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorVirginia Dickson-Swift

Class requirements

Supervised Research Week: 10 - 22
Ten 3.0 hours supervised research per study period during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"30 hours of online engagement in learning material and 15 hours of independent development of assessment material."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
A 3000 word written assignment (research proposal)70 01, 02, 03
Student engagement in online discussion30

Online, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorVirginia Dickson-Swift

Class requirements

Supervised Research Week: 31 - 43
Ten 3.0 hours supervised research per week during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"30 hours of online engagement in learning material and 15 hours of independent development of assessment material."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
A 3000 word written assignment (research proposal)70 01, 02, 03
Student engagement in online discussion30