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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Kirsten McLean


Previously coded SYM5075


This unit involves students completing an individual research project under the supervision of one staff member from Sociology (or a cognate discipline). The student investigates an appropriate applied social research topic and takes responsibility for all stages of the research process. The final research report is marked by two internal examiners.


Upon completing the individual research project, students will have a demonstrated capacity to:

  1. develop a set of key research questions relevant to an appropriate applied social research topic;
  2. devise a suitable sociological research design to investigate the topic;
  3. read and evaluate the relevant literature and write a literature review appropriate for a social research project;
  4. collect and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data to answer the key research questions; and
  5. write a professional, scholarly research report that communicates the empirical findings within a sustained argument.


Research report (15,000-18,000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kirsten McLean

Contact hours

3 hours per week


A final mark of at least 70% in all four 4th level units of the Master of Applied Social Research.Students intending to complete this unit must complete a detailed research proposal outlining the research project prior to enrolment. Guidelines for the research proposal will be provided upon request by the course coordinator.