Foundations of Educational Research - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Literature Review (50%) , Assignment 2 - Research evaluation (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit provides an introduction to educational and social research. Students will examine and evaluate: research as a social, cultural and political practice, qualitative and quantitative research paradigms, and approaches to the design and presentation of educational research. Students will learn ways to interpret, evaluate, conduct and communicate research.

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

  1. independently access, interpret and synthesise research
  2. evaluate educational research design, methodologies, methods and findings from different perspectives
  3. communicate research findings using appropriate scholarly conventions.
  • Assignment 1 — Literature Review (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Research evaluation (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Email address, Admission to Degree

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.

1An introduction to educational and social research: different perspectives
2The context of research: use and abuse
3Knowing a field of inquiry: the literature and literature reviews
4What's the problem? Research design and the qualitative-quantitative approaches
5Ethics in research
6Can quantitative research tell the whole story?
7How credible is qualitative research?
8Interpreting and evaluating education research
9Content/thematic analysis and analytical perspectives
10Communicating research
11So, what is research?

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and 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.

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