School: Science

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 Preparation: Principles and Approaches
  • Unit Code

    RES5115
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    3
  • Credit Points

    20
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    A/Prof Mary Christine BOYCE

Description

The unit introduces the principles underlying the theory of knowledge and how this affects the approaches taken in research, before addressing the principles of research design. Students are exposed to a range of specific research methods, including quantitative and qualitative research methods. The unit considers issues and methods relevant to these forms of research, as well as the gathering, analysis and presentation of findings. The unit provides students with a foundation on which they will be expected to build for their research study.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply and interpret simple data analysis processes to quantitative and/or qualitative data.
  2. Critically analyse and construct arguments and propositions.
  3. Critically analyse quantitative and/or qualitative research studies in the pursuit of academic rigour.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of knowledge and how cultural, social and institutional perspectives influence the construction of knowledge.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the research process, the key concept of sound research design and the construction of research questions, aims and hypotheses.
  6. Develop an understanding of how perspectives of knowledge influence research methodology.
  7. Identify a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches that can be taken to address research questions and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various methods.

Unit Content

  1. Analyses in qualitative research data.
  2. Communicating research; audience; integrity; the nature of 'publication'; peer-review processes and its critiques, authorship and editorial processes. Elective module content Qualitative Research methods:
  3. Conceptual/theoretical frameworks for interpretation and analysis.
  4. Construction and framing of research questions, aims, hypotheses.
  5. Core content:
  6. Criteria for evaluating a qualitative research study. Quantitative Research methods:
  7. Criteria for evaluating a quantitative research study.
  8. Critical thinking the construction of arguments.
  9. Data mining.
  10. Descriptive statistics: levels of measurement, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation & regression, risk.
  11. Developing research questions, aims and hypotheses using a quantitative framework.
  12. Estimating error.
  13. Inferential statistics: parametric confidence intervals, null hypothesis, Type I and II errors, hypothesis testing; comparison of means; multivariate analysis e.g. ANCOVA/MANOVA.
  14. Introductory multivariate routines.
  15. Methods of qualitative inquiry: grounded theory, ethnography, phenomenology, historical research, case study methodology and action research.
  16. Ontology, Epistemology and theoretical frameworks: The nature of knowledge; different forms of knowledge, truth and the perception of reality; cultural, social and institutional influences on the construction of knowledge.
  17. Philosophical and theoretical foundations for qualitative research.
  18. Questionnaires and interviews.
  19. Research Design: research ethics including research benefit and integrity, observational and manipulative experiments; implications for questionnaires and consent; dependent relationships and National Statement special populations.
  20. Research process the use and citing of literature; qualitative, quantitative and other approaches; how epistemology influences methodology; different requirements for replication: reliability, validity, transferability, bias, causality, sample size; inference and deduction; strengths and limitations of different methodologies.

Teaching and Learning Processes

On-campus students A combination of some or all of the following:- Seminars, lectures, discussion groups, debates. Online students study modules and learning guide including e-reserve and Workshops.

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
EssayCore content assignment50%
AssignmentFinal assignment50%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
EssayCore content assignment50%
AssignmentFinal assignment50%

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: Science

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 Preparation: Principles and Approaches
  • Unit Code

    RES5115
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    3
  • Credit Points

    20
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    A/Prof Mary Christine BOYCE

Description

The unit introduces the principles underlying the theory of knowledge and how this affects the approaches taken in research, before addressing the principles of research design. Students are exposed to a range of specific research methods, including quantitative and qualitative research methods. The unit considers issues and methods relevant to these forms of research, as well as the gathering, analysis and presentation of findings. The unit provides students with a foundation on which they will be expected to build for their research study.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply and interpret simple data analysis processes to quantitative and/or qualitative data.
  2. Critically analyse and construct arguments and propositions.
  3. Critically analyse quantitative and/or qualitative research studies in the pursuit of academic rigour.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of knowledge and how cultural, social and institutional perspectives influence the construction of knowledge.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the research process, the key concept of sound research design and the construction of research questions, aims and hypotheses.
  6. Develop an understanding of how perspectives of knowledge influence research methodology.
  7. Identify a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches that can be taken to address research questions and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various methods.

Unit Content

  1. Core element

    Research Design: research ethics including research benefit and integrity, observational and manipulative experiments; implications for questionnaires and consent; dependent relationships and National Statement special populations.
    Construction and framing of research questions, aims, hypotheses.
    Research process the use and citing of literature; qualitative, quantitative and other approaches; how epistemology influences methodology; different requirements for replication: reliability, validity, transferability, bias, causality, sample size; inference and deduction; strengths and limitations of different methodologies.
    Critical thinking the construction of arguments.
    Ontology, Epistemology and theoretical frameworks: The nature of knowledge; different forms of knowledge, truth and the perception of reality; cultural, social and institutional influences on the construction of knowledge.
    Communicating research; audience; integrity; the nature of 'publication'; peer-review
  2. Qualitative Stream

    Conceptual/theoretical frameworks for interpretation and analysis in qualitative research.
    Analyses in qualitative research data.
    Methods of qualitative inquiry: grounded theory, ethnography, phenomenology, historical research, case study methodology and action research.
  3. Quantitative Stream

    Data mining.
    Estimating error.
    Inferential statistics: parametric confidence intervals, null hypothesis, Type I and II errors, hypothesis testing; comparison of means.
    Descriptive statistics: levels of measurement, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation & regression, risk.
    Developing research questions, aims and hypotheses using a quantitative framework.
    Criteria for evaluating a quantitative research study.
    Criteria for evaluating a qualitative research study. Quantitative Research

Teaching and Learning Processes

On-campus students A combination of some or all of the following:- Seminars, lectures, discussion groups, debates. Online students study modules and learning guide including e-reserve and Workshops.

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
EssayCore content assignment50%
AssignmentFinal assignment50%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
EssayCore content assignment50%
AssignmentFinal assignment50%

Core Reading(s)

  • John W. Creswell, C. N. P. (2018). Qualitative inquiry & research design : choosing among five approaches (Fourth edition.). Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Creswell, J. W. (2014). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks,CA: Sage.

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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