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Social Science Research Design (SWM618)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit develops the skills required to undertake the thesis writing process. It emphasises the importance of disciplinarity and sub-disciplinarity (or fields of knowledge) to thesis writing and the attitudes and practices necessary for contributing to a field of knowledge. Key issues include the nature of a thesis, understanding intellectual communities, contributions to knowledge, the literature review and the development of effective research proposals. Students will be provided with the tools required for undertaking a thesis writing process.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Understand how knowledge is produced within academic communities
2. Understand what a thesis is
3. Understand how to contribute to knowledge
4. Understand the thesis writing process
Timetabled Learning Activities SEMINAR 1 X 7HOURS FOR 5 WEEKS (35 HOURS CONTACT TIME)
Unit Learning Experiences The unit uses some formal presentation of material but is otherwise conducted with a strong emphasis on active learning exercises and student workshops. The substantive classroom experience uses intensive teaching modes coupled with out-of-session tasks. The overall design of the study program is iterative and culminates with a class review of each student's research proposal prior to its final submission.
Assessment The two full-day intensives cover steps in the development of a thesis project. Lectures are combined with practical class exercises geared to assist each student to work-up their individual research projects and develop research proposals. Students will make a presentation based on full draft of their proposals to a class workshop, and can be incorporated into the final version of the research proposal.
Given the practical and iterative character of this unit, there is a requirement that students attend all scheduled sessions. As the culmination of a process of drafting and review, the final version of the research proposal is worth 100%.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Public Policy and Management, Master of Development Studies, Master of International Affairs, Master of International Affairs and Security, Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership or Master of Health Policy and Leadership. Completion of at least 24 credit points with 70+ grade average. Co-requisite: SWM617 Supervised Research Thesis.
Previously 2013: SSH618
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Dean Aszkielowicz

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2306
e: D.Asko@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.033 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Dean Aszkielowicz

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2306
e: D.Asko@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.033 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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