School: Arts and Humanities

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Research Methods I
  • Unit Code

    CRI1208
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Mrs Nikki RAJAKARUNA

Description

This unit introduces students to the theory and method of quantitative research in criminology and justice. Students will be exposed to the scientific method and its importance in measuring, examining and understanding issues relevant to criminology and justice. As part of this, the unit will explore fundamental quantitative research concepts and procedures, methods of statistical analysis as well as the interpretation of quantitative data. In this unit, students become informed consumers of research.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded CRI1102

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply statistical methods of data analysis using appropriate statistical packages.
  2. Apply the procedures used in quantitative research.
  3. Articulate issues in criminology and justice from a quantitative research standpoint.
  4. Critically evaluate quantitative research methods.
  5. Demonstrate transliteracy skills and English language proficiency written skills required for research reports and papers.
  6. Describe ethical issues associated with quantitative research.
  7. Describe the development of quantitative research in criminology and justice.
  8. Discuss the principles that underpin quantitative research methods.
  9. Interpret research results and apply them to specific areas of inquiry within criminology and justice.
  10. Understand the role and purpose of empirical research in the study of criminology and justice.

Unit Content

  1. Analysing quantitative data using appropriate statistical packages.
  2. Critiquing the quantitative research process.
  3. Designing quantitative research.
  4. Ethics.
  5. Interpreting and applying quantitative research results.
  6. Principles of quantitative research methods.
  7. Quantitative data collection methods.
  8. Quantitative research from cross-cultural perspectives.
  9. The emergence and development of quantitative research methods in criminology and justice.
  10. The role, purpose and function of quantitative research in the study of criminology and justice.
  11. Using a body of knowledge in order to develop a researchable hypothesis.

Teaching and Learning Processes

On-campus students have a weekly three hour workshop. Each workshop is conducted using an active learning approach. As part of this approach students are provided with an instructional lecture which is accompanied by a series of applied learning activities. Instruction by a class facilitator and the active learning tasks introduce students to the central concepts of the quantitative research methods and guide students through the academic literature. During each workshop, students are required to work independently and in teams to complete assigned tasks. As part of this process, they develop proficiency in data analysis and discuss the process of quantitative research critically. Assessments in this unit encourage students to develop their critical appraisal skills as well as their written communication skills.

Off-campus students are provided with an electronic version of the instructional lecture and applied learning activities, via Blackboard. Recorded instruction by a class facilitator and the active learning tasks introduce students to the central concepts of the quantitative research methods and guide students through the academic literature. Each week, students are required to work dependently and in teams to complete assigned tasks. As part of this process, they develop proficiency in data analysis and discuss the process of quantitative research critically. Communication among off-campus students is facilitated using the Blackboard discussion board. Assessments in this unit encourage students to develop their critical appraisal skills as well as their written communication skills. Regular online access is required.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
AssignmentReview20%
ReportLab. Report40%
ExaminationFinal examination40%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
AssignmentReview20%
ReportLab. Report40%
ExaminationFinal examination40%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Arts and Humanities

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Research Methods I
  • Unit Code

    CRI1208
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Mrs Nikki RAJAKARUNA

Description

This unit introduces students to the theory and method of quantitative research in criminology and justice. Students will be exposed to the scientific method and its importance in measuring, examining and understanding issues relevant to criminology and justice. As part of this, the unit will explore fundamental quantitative research concepts and procedures, methods of statistical analysis as well as the interpretation of quantitative data. In this unit, students become informed consumers of research.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded CRI1102

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply statistical methods of data analysis using appropriate statistical packages.
  2. Apply the procedures used in quantitative research.
  3. Articulate issues in criminology and justice from a quantitative research standpoint.
  4. Critically evaluate quantitative research methods.
  5. Demonstrate transliteracy skills and English language proficiency written skills required for research reports and papers.
  6. Describe ethical issues associated with quantitative research.
  7. Describe the development of quantitative research in criminology and justice.
  8. Discuss the principles that underpin quantitative research methods.
  9. Interpret research results and apply them to specific areas of inquiry within criminology and justice.
  10. Understand the role and purpose of empirical research in the study of criminology and justice.

Unit Content

  1. Analysing quantitative data using appropriate statistical packages.
  2. Critiquing the quantitative research process.
  3. Designing quantitative research.
  4. Ethics.
  5. Interpreting and applying quantitative research results.
  6. Principles of quantitative research methods.
  7. Quantitative data collection methods.
  8. Quantitative research from cross-cultural perspectives.
  9. The emergence and development of quantitative research methods in criminology and justice.
  10. The role, purpose and function of quantitative research in the study of criminology and justice.
  11. Using a body of knowledge in order to develop a researchable hypothesis.

Teaching and Learning Processes

On-campus students have a weekly three hour workshop. Each workshop is conducted using an active learning approach. As part of this approach students are provided with an instructional lecture which is accompanied by a series of applied learning activities. Instruction by a class facilitator and the active learning tasks introduce students to the central concepts of the quantitative research methods and guide students through the academic literature. During each workshop, students are required to work independently and in teams to complete assigned tasks. As part of this process, they develop proficiency in data analysis and discuss the process of quantitative research critically. Assessments in this unit encourage students to develop their critical appraisal skills as well as their written communication skills.

Off-campus students are provided with an electronic version of the instructional lecture and applied learning activities, via Blackboard. Recorded instruction by a class facilitator and the active learning tasks introduce students to the central concepts of the quantitative research methods and guide students through the academic literature. Each week, students are required to work dependently and in teams to complete assigned tasks. As part of this process, they develop proficiency in data analysis and discuss the process of quantitative research critically. Communication among off-campus students is facilitated using the Blackboard discussion board. Assessments in this unit encourage students to develop their critical appraisal skills as well as their written communication skills. Regular online access is required.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
AssignmentReview20%
ReportLab. Report40%
ExaminationFinal examination40%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
AssignmentReview20%
ReportLab. Report40%
ExaminationFinal examination40%

Core Reading(s)

  • Withrow, B. (2014). Research Methods in Crime and Justice. (1st ed.). New York: Routledge.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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