Details for Research Project
This unit introduces the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative research and the ontological and epistemological implications of these two approaches.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: RES501
- Credit points: 20
At least 20cps at 500 level in a cognate area; Ethics approval according to ‘risk assessment’ procedures.
The unit Research Project is part of the subject area Research and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
Student should be able to:
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the difference between quantitative and qualitative approaches to research
- Demonstrate the ability formulate a research question and outline an appropriate research plan for data collection
- Demonstrate broad understanding of basic statistical techniques in data interpretation
- Exhibit a critically reflective understanding of fundamental techniques in qualitative research
- Construct an externally moderated research proposal, and carry this out over an extended externally examined project.
- Ontological and epistemological distinctions in quantitative and qualitative research
- Introduction to statistical techniques and the use of related software
- Basic ethnographic techniques
- Fundamentals of hermeneutics and exegesis
- Research questions and research plans
- Literature Reviews and Peer; Critical thinking and research ethics
- Esterberg, K.G. Qualitative methods in social research. McGraw Hill, 2002.
- Jackson, S. L., Research methods and statistics: A critical thinking approach. Thomson/Wadsworth, 2006.
Bickman, Leonard and Debra J. Rog (eds.). The SAGE handbook of applied social research methods, Los Angeles: SAGE, 2009.
Brewer, J. and Hunter, A., Foundations of multimethod research: Synthesizing styles. Los Angeles, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2006.
Bryman, Alan. Social research methods. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Ember, Carol R. and Melvin Ember. Cross-cultural research methods. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press, 2009.
Fetterman, D.M. Ethnography: Step by step. Los Angeles, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1998.
Gravetter, Frederick J. and Lori-Ann B. Forzano. Research methods for the behavioral sciences. Belmont, Calif: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009.
Reinard, J.C. Introduction to communication research. New York: McGraw Hill, 2001.