Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2014 (Day)
Berwick First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Symmons (Berwick); Ms Jacqui Howell (Gippsland)


Previously coded SCY2817


We live in an information-rich world, with details about any topic readily available. On a daily basis we are fed the latest research findings from a variety of so-called experts. The ability to analyse information critically and carefully evaluate it for ourselves has never been more important, and yet such skills are less likely to be taught. This unit provides an introduction to the basic concepts necessary for understanding and undertaking research, particularly in the social and psychological sciences. A range of research methods and the situations in which those methods can be appropriately applied are explored, along with general research design, research ethics, data collection techniques, and research reporting. The unit also explores a number of approaches to critical thinking that will stand students in good stead as life-long learners, regardless of their course and major.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand the components, stages and content research properly conducted
  2. Know the appropriate use of a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods along with their strengths and weaknesses;
  3. Have improved their proficiency in research reporting skills;
  4. Extended their ability to critically evaluate published research;
  5. Honed their critical thinking skills.


Written work (2700 words): 60%
Examination (2-hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


24 points in any discipline


ATS2723, ATS3723