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 appropriate research designs and develop analyses for quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods studies. This subject is designed specifically for Graduate Researchers, therefore emphasis will be placed on evaluating the appropriateness of research questions, and associated methods and analysis for their research thesis.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEvelien Spelten

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in a Graduate Research School course.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/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 different research methods related to quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies

Activities:
Reading material, online quizzes, online debate and discussion, consultation with supervisor

02. Formulate research questions and plan and justify research methods that answer them. and research plans

Activities:
Consultation with supervisor, online discussion and debate, development of research proposal

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

Activities:
Reading material, practice with practice data, online debate and discussion with facilitator, consultation with supervisor

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-ordinatorEvelien Spelten

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*
3 case studies (1000 word equivalent)Completion of each case study allows progress through online work. 750-word written reflective response to Pitch feedback and case studies 20 01, 02, 03
The Pitch (1000 word equivalent)This assessment includes: - 3-minute video pitch about project - peer assessment of two other submissions 20 01, 02, 03
Methods paper (2500 words)A paper is written about methods and methodology relevant to the proposed project.60 01, 02, 03

Online, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEvelien Spelten

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*
3 case studies (1000 word equivalent)Completion of each case study allows progress through online work. 750-word written reflective response to Pitch feedback and case studies 20 01, 02, 03
The Pitch (1000 word equivalent)This assessment includes: - 3-minute video pitch about project - peer assessment of two other submissions 20 01, 02, 03
Methods paper (2500 words)A paper is written about methods and methodology relevant to the proposed project.60 01, 02, 03