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Applied Research Methods (MULT30018)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMULT30018
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with training in applied social science research methods. Students will learn how to connect a research question with appropriate research design and methodology and acquire practical skills in utilising different research methods and tools, including analysing data and presenting results. The subject will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and the practical skills to carry out social science research.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to relate different research questions to appropriate research methods;
  • have a critical understanding of how different research methods are executed (including mixed-methods research);
  • acquire practical experience in applying and evaluating quantitative research methods;
  • have the ability to work in groups and negotiate any problems that may arise in doing so;
  • gain skills that will be useful upon entering the workforce.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MULT20003 Critical Analytical Skills
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects

MULT30018 Applied Political Research

Recommended background knowledge

Levels 1 and 2 Politics and International Studies, Criminology or Sociology

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A short Research Design of 600 words, due early in the semester (15%)
  • In class practical tasks equivalent to 600 words, due throughout the semester (15%)
  • Group work / peer assessment equivalent to 800 words, due throughout the semester (20%)
  • An Applied Research Assignment of 2000 words, due in the examination period (50%)
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAaron Martin
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours21 contact hours: online lectures, 6 x 1-hour seminars, and 1.5-hour tutorials per week for 10 weeks, staggered to cover the 12 weeks of semester.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

Total of 170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of semester.

  • Subject notes

    MULT30018 Applied Research Methods is the capstone subject for the following majors:


    Politics and International Studies


    This subject is only available to students majoring in the above-mentioned study areas and is not available as Breadth.

    MULT30018 Applied Research Methods is a compulsory 3rd year subject in the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology), (Politics and International Studies), (Sociology).

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 30 May 2019