Research, Evaluation and Policy Analysis - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Research Proposal Part 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 - Research Proposal Part 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit is designed to teach students the logic of research methodology in the social sciences. Students will learn how to articulate a researchable problem, formulate research hypotheses, logically determine what research methodology provides the best avenue to test these hypotheses and carry out research. Students will also develop the necessary skills to analyse and write criminal justice policies.

The unit is designed to make students of criminology 'intelligent users' of research, and provide fundamental concepts to those planning to conduct research. The unit combines reading and a series of practical written assignments. By the end of the unit, students will be provided with knowledge of how to design and execute research and evaluation projects, and how to critically assess criminal justice and criminology research, policies and programs.

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

  1. understand and explain, in depth, the relationship between theory, research and evaluation in the social sciences generally, and in criminal justice and criminology in particular
  2. conceptualise, develop and justify a research or evaluation project
  3. acquire and improve knowledge and skills that will allow students to effectively analyse criminal justice projects, interventions and policies
  4. acquire and improve core skills and competencies relevant to criminology, and in line with the Griffith Graduate, including: - Working independently, including gathering resources and written work - Managing time and multiple projects - Applying skills in criminological research including information retrieval, project development and evaluation design - Critical evaluation of academic literature and research - Summarise extensive literature - Employing academic writing skills - Employing research presentation skills.
  • Assignment 1 — Research Proposal Part 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Research Proposal Part 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Research Proposal Part 3 (30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MCCJ7022 — Research, Evaluation and Policy Analysis

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.

1Thinking Critically about Crime & Criminal Justice
2General Issues in Research Design
3Concepts, Operationalisation and Measurement
4Research Methods 1
5Research Methods 2
6Research Methods 3
7Data Analysis
8Building a Proposal
10Research, Evaluation and Policy Analysis
11Research Proposal Case Study

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • 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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