SOCL19069 - Social Research Methods

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit familiarises students with the practice of researching and the collection of data. Through the development of core skills, students are introduced to both qualitative and quantitative methods. Links between theory and social research methods are investigated in an effort to understand the production and analysis of social research data. At the end of the unit students should be able to critically assess and analyse the application and use of appropriate research methods. Within this framework students should be able to devise and undertake a social survey, understand and explain the application of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and be able to use both quantitative and qualitative approaches to their research.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

SOCL11055 Sociology of Australian Society

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle site
Feedback
I would like to start off by saying thank you very much for this term Lena, it has been an honour to have been a part of this class and have enjoyed this unit to the fullest!
Recommendation
Continue delivering a high quality course.
Action Taken
Continued to deliver a high quality unit
Source: Moodle site
Feedback
I thought this was one of my favourite subjects. The power points and lectures were very useful. We provide with assignments that were easy to decipher and the material we had read supported our learning.
Recommendation
Continue delivering a high quality course.
Action Taken
Continued to deliver a high quality unit
Source: Moodle site
Feedback
The lecturer's knowledge and ability to reply to emails and forum posts in a timely manner.
Recommendation
Continue to reply to student queries in a timely manner.
Action Taken
Continued to reply promptly to student queries
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Feedback
Large selection of assessment topics.
Recommendation
Continue providing a good selection of topics.
Action Taken
Continued to provide a range of topics
Source: Moodle site
Feedback
This unit was set out very neatly, just right, sometimes too much information can be as overwhelming as no information. I think this unit had the perfect amount of information for the study and I liked that it had a textbook.
Recommendation
Continue providing the 'perfect amount of information'.
Action Taken
Continued to provide 'the perfect amount of information'
Source: Moodle site
Feedback
I enjoyed the unit overall. The information was relevant and I learnt a great deal from the assessments.
Recommendation
Continue providing relevant information and assessments.
Action Taken
Continued to provide relevant information
Source: Moodle site
Feedback
The requirements for assessment tasks could have been better stated in the course profile.
Recommendation
I will clarify the requirements for assessment tasks in the course profile and the Moodle site.
Action Taken
The requirements for assessment tasks were clarified in the unit profile and the Moodle site.
Source: Moodle site
Feedback
The assessment criteria could have provided more direction. It was a little unclear about what was required.
Recommendation
I will clarify the assessment criteria in the Moodle site.
Action Taken
The assessment criteria was clarified in the Moodle site.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
I found the assessments were a perfect introduction to social research. Having the freedom to choose the topic allowed for students to choose something of interest, therefore allowing the students focus to fall on the actual research methods. The Zoom sessions about the assessments were also of great value.
Recommendation
Continue to use similar assessments and Zoom sessions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The co-ordinator was very engaging.
Recommendation
Continue to engage students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
There was ample opportunity to participate and share information and thoughts in the Q&A portal.
Recommendation
Continue to encourage students to share their thoughts in the Q&A site.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Overall Lena provided sufficient feedback to direct my future focus in the following assessments.
Recommendation
Continue to provide detailed feedback.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
I was concerned with this unit at first, but now I have thoroughly enjoyed this unit and have gained so much knowledge. Thank you Lena Robinson for all your support and making this a wonderful unit to study.
Recommendation
Continue to deliver a stimulating and thought provoking unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
I was a bit confused with the assessment 2 & 3 at times. After messaging the teacher she was able to give me a better understanding.
Recommendation
Clarify assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
I believe that many students would benefit from being guided with a report structure and or previous example that explains clearly how to construct their assessment and what has previously worked well in the past.
Recommendation
Provide a template for the assessment structure.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
In regards to Echo presentations, I felt that the information could have been supported with examples.
Recommendation
Provide more examples of practice implications.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
I would have liked more feedback on my assessments.
Recommendation
Provide more detailed feedback on the assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply a range of skills and competencies that critically evaluate the use and application of research methods and the analysis of data.
  2. Conduct a social survey.
  3. Explain and discuss both the benefits and limitations of qualitative and quantitative research and their appropriate contexts for application, while having and understanding of the constraints and concerns associated with undertaking and supervising a research project.
  4. Apply both qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment