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Principles of Social Research Design (POPH90200)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90200
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This subject will give students an understanding of the principles underlying social research design. The topics covered will be relevant for students interested in social research in general, and in the health context specifically. This subject will cover the conceptual approaches to research design and process, including writing and dissemination. These sessions will provide both theoretical background and practical advice for doing social research. The subject will also cover ethics in research. Areas to be discussed will include the rationale for formal ethical review of research involving humans and details of the ethics committee process, as well as more general discussion of basic ethical principles in research. The subject will draw on different disciplines to highlight different disciplinary approaches to designing and formulating social research projects.

Intended learning outcomes

After the completion of this subject students will:

  • understand the principles and processes of social research design
  • be able to formulate social research questions
  • have a capacity to design social research at a postgraduate level
  • have developed an understanding of the different kinds of ethical issues involved in doing research with human participants
  • be familiar with the formal process of ethical review of research
  • have developed the ability to critically review a human research ethics application
  • have developed the ability to write a detailed research proposal
  • have developed a respect and understanding for the ethics of scholarly research

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students will have developed:

  • skills in evaluation and interpretation of data
  • skills with which to develop and operationalise a research question
  • effective written and oral communication skills

Last updated: 24 August 2019