Research Theory and Practice - 2016

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Unit summary

CPM8501

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Essay - Philosophy of knowledge (20%) , Research Assignment - Research proposal (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
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Domestic 2,300.00
International 2,550.00

This unit provides you with an advanced understanding of the nature of knowledge and its pursuit through research and to equip you with skills to propose and develop a research agenda.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the nature and philosophy of knowledge
  2. identify and address ethical issues within research
  3. evaluate and/or critique a substantial body of relevant literature
  4. devise a rigorous research or investigate methdology and attendant research methods
  • Essay — Philosophy of knowledge (20%)
  • Research Assignment — Research proposal (50%)
  • Research Design Exercise (30%)

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Philosophy of knowledge
2Nature of reality
3Ethics and research
4Ontology
5Epistemology
6Knowledge claims and intellectual paradigms
7Research design
8Confidence and reliability
9Research methods (quantitative and qualitative)
10Data analysis and interpretation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Social Research Methods

    By:Bryman

    ISBN: 9780199689453

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop


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