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

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

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Attendance Requirements

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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

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Previous Feedback

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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
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
Fundamental parts of the assessment were kept but a new range of social issues was offered to students to allow students a number of options and the ability to pursue areas of interest. Assessment Zoom sessions were provided to students along with a recorded Assessment Overview and Tips video explained to students how to address each of the marking rubric criterions.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The co-ordinator was very engaging.
Recommendation
Continue to engage students.
Action Taken
Various methods of engagement were used by the Unit Coordinator to support students' learning and to assist them with working through each part of the assessments (email, assessment discussion forum, Zoom sessions, telephone, face-to-face meetings with students on campus).
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
Students were encouraged to use the Assessment Discussion Forums and weekly topic discussion forums to share ideas, ask questions and support other students with their learning.
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
To provide detailed feedback to students and to show their performance against each criterion the assignments were marked in Feedback Studio using an online marking rubric. Students found the marking rubric and assignment feedback useful in understanding where they performed poorly and what areas of academic performance they needed to strengthen.
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
Additional resources covering research methods and examples were provided to students to support and stimulate their learning, such as a guest lecture recording on quantitative research analysis.
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
Assessment information was disseminated to students through various methods, which students found satisfying and easy to understand. In particular, assessment videos and Zooms sessions helped guide students through each part of the assessments and how to meet each marking criterion.
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
Detailed assignment structure and content information were provided to students in the Assessment block on the Moodle site and the assessment discussion forums. A powerpoint and video presentation provided an assignment outline and assessment Zoom sessions were used to answer student queries and help students in areas where past students had made errors.
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
Examples were provided to students to give them practical insight into the research process and methods (e.g. guest video on quantitative research, surveys, interview schedules, ethics documentation). Where possible actual examples were given to students when answering questions in the assessment forums.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
I would have liked more feedback on my assessments.
Recommendation
Provide more detailed feedback on the assessments.
Action Taken
Substantial feedback was given to each student on their two written assignments through the use of Feedback Studio and Grademark to give extensive comments in the assignment document and against each criterion.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Students expressed satisfaction with the delivery of the unit material, assessment preparation and support, and assignment feedback provided by the unit coordinator.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will continue to update the unit resources, and support student learning and assessment preparation by providing a range of targeted and practical resources. Students will be engaged across a range of mediums (online, telephone, email, face-to-face) in order to support the different learning preferences of students. The online marking rubric used in Feedback Studio will continue to be used to help students improve their academic performance in the future.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Some students indicated a preference for all the unit readings to be located in one location as opposed to the weekly modules.
Recommendation
In addition to their required textbook, all other unit readings will be made available to students through an e-Reading list at one location on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Some students asked for a wider choice of sociological topics for the written assessments.
Recommendation
The sociological topics offered to students to research will be expanded from four to cater to the diverse interests of the student cohort.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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