The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to delivering an excellent student experience, alongside a high standard of teaching, research, and training. As a leader in ethical education, Notre Dame aims to develop students’ critical reasoning and their ability to make ethical decisions—crucial skills to progressing their careers and leading purposeful lives. At Notre Dame, students navigate their future with an ethical education online.
On completion of this course students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
Identify the distinguishing characteristics of social research in terms of its purpose, underlying assumptions and available methodologies.
Describe the principal paradigms employed in social research and differentiate between them in terms of their epistemological bases, and their respective strengths and limitations in addressing different types of research questions.
Critically review and interpret examples of research studies or reports of research findings in the literature relevant to one’s own professional field.
Plan a project, making informed choices on the scope, methods, and strategies of analysis to be used.
Identify the important ethical issues when conducting social research.
This course provides an opportunity to explore health research approaches within the social sciences. It provides a foundation in research design, methods, data collection and analysis for learners planning to undertake a project.
Learners will gain experience in a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques which can be used by practising professionals to carry out individual or team based research into issues arising from their own work context, organisations, or wider professional activities.