Critical Thought and Research Design - 2018

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Unit summary

PICX812

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (40%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 3,311.00
International 3,561.00

This unit is a graduate seminar that provides training for student proficiency in critical thinking and research design. The course content utilises inter-disciplinary approaches and methods for the social sciences. Students will practice advanced reading and writing skills, examine the logic of inquiry, investigate methodologies and theoretical approaches, and evaluate diverse sources. Students will then progress to applying their advanced research skills through critical thinking and problem-solving. They will examine what are concepts and measures, how to understand causation and correlation, as well as use and apply qualitative, quantitative and multi-methods research. Students will be assessed based on their application of skills to practice, both in formulating research design and presenting their research for broader consumption.

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

  1. Evaluate and explain the key theoretical approaches, methodologies, and concepts in the social sciences discipline.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and advanced reading and writing skills – the ability to formulate a research question, understand and apply a theoretical approach and a methodology to cases, and independently collecting one’s own empirical evidence and data.
  3. Model advanced research skills, particularly the ability to select sources appropriately, to integrate knowledge from diverse sources, to critically evaluate significance and relevance, synthesise materials, and present findings logically, rationally and lucidly.
  4. Demonstrate critical communication skills, including the ability to present sustained, persuasive and original verbal and written arguments cogently and coherently, and mediate in-class debate and discussion.
  5. Engage consistently with the unit through proactive communication with peers and the convener, and demonstrate professional conduct in all class activities and in the submission of assessments.
  • Assignment 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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  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.
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