BESC3061 Applied Social Research

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 300

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: none


Unit Description

 

This unit introduces you to the practice and theory of social research. It provides you with the necessary information to understand the importance of research in the field of applied social science and its application to program evaluation, policy development and practice.

In studying this unit you will have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the major qualitative and quantitative methodologies in the field of social research, and ethical issues, especially in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and mental health consumers. You will develop an understanding of quantitative and qualitative data analysis. These skills will then prepare you to apply your research skills to a practical situation in Project 1.

 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

a)        develop an understanding of the major qualitative and quantitative        methodologies in the field of social research, their history and epistemology

b)       critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative methodologies of social research

c)        identify and evaluate the ethical implications of conducting social research

d)       develop an understanding of the values and ethical principles in conducting research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and with mental health consumers and carers

e)        develop an understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods of sampling, data collection and analysis within the field of social research

f)         apply quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis using appropriate software and approaches

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.

Textbook 

The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: http://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-my-course/order-course-materials-and-text-books/

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer tohttp://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.

 

Disclaimer

Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.