GSSA 3018 - Social Research Advanced: Real World Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
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General Course Information
Course Code GSSA 3018 Course Social Research Advanced: Real World Practice Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of level 2 undergraduate study (including) GWSI 2110 or GSSA 2110 Incompatible GWSI 3017, GSSA 3017 Assumed Knowledge Broad understanding of Social Research Methods Course Description The aim of Social Research Advanced level is to apply students' knowledge and understanding of research - how and why it is done and to expose students to different theoretical perspectives and methodologies employed by researchers in conducting social research. Students will undertake an independent research project from design (formulate a research question, the methods used to obtain data, fieldwork, the interpretation of data collected and the writing up of research findings). Students will also be taught about ethical considerations in social research and how the research findings inform social change.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dee Michell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Describe the purpose of a Literature Review and recognise the need for and components of an Ethics Application as required in any Social Research project. 2 Locate, analyse and synthesise academic literature into a Literature Review, and develop a research question in a timely and effective manner. 3 Develop a research question and design an independent research project including an Ethics Application, survey and interview instruments. 4 Recruit research participants using online survey generators and social media. 5 Conduct face to face research interviews according to social, cultural and ethical protocols and with professional integrity. 6 Analyse quantitative and qualitative data and communicate the findings through a research report and oral presentation.
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Required ResourcesSocial Research Methods, edited by Maggie Walter, South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, Second Edition 2010 or Third Edition 2013. The book is available from Uni Books and there are three copies in the Barr Smith Library.
Online LearningAdditional course-related material is available through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures provide information about an aspect of social research and details of assignment requirements. The workshops are divided into one hour of group work around practicing a particular research skill, and one hour of working on independent projects in concert with other students and the course coordinator.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 9 hours reading per week 108 hours per semester 7 hours research per week 84 hours per semester 7 hours assignment preparation per week 84 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introduction Week 2 Conducting an Independent Research Project Week 3 Social Research Skills in the Workplace Week 4 Writing a Literature Review Week 5 Preparing a Research Proposal Week 6 Ethical Dimensions Week 7 Sampling & Surveys Week 8 Respectful Interviewing Week 9 Analysing Quantitative Data Week 10 Analysing Qualitative Data Week 11 Presenting Findings Week 12 Writing a Research Report
Specific Course RequirementsThis course requires students to carry out their own fieldwork. Students will be implementing a survey, and they will be conducting three face-to-face interviews on the North Terrace campus of the University of Adelaide. Participants in both the surveys and interviews will be current University of Adelaide students. Step by step guidance will be provided by the Course Coordinator.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Oral presentation Formative and Summative 10% 1-6 1000 word ethics aplication, survey and interview instrument Formative and Summative 20% 1-6 1500 word literature review Formative and Summative 25% 1-6 3500 word final research paper Formative and Summative 45% 1-6
Assessment DetailOral Presentation (10%)
Students are required to briefly summarise and present their research project and findings to date.
1000 word ethics application, survey and interview instrument (20%)
Students are required to complete a pre-designed Ethics Application as approval from an Ethics Committee is an important component of any social research project. In preparation for fieldwork, students are also required to submit the survey they have designed and the interview guide they have prepared.
1500 word literature review (25%)
Students are required to write a 1500 word review of the academic literature in preparation for the research project.
3500 word final research paper (45%)
This is a written report on the entire project, including an analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.
SubmissionThe 1500 literature review, 1000 word ethics application and oral presentation must be submitted electronically via MyUni. The 3500 final research paper is to be submitted in hard copy to the School of Social Sciences office.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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