SOCI 3010 - Social Research Advanced: Real World Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SOCI 3010
    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 unitsof Level II undergraduate study
    Incompatible GWSI 3017, GSSA 3017, GSSA 3018
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dee Michell

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    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.

    Locate, analyse and synthesise academic literature into a Literature Review, and develop a research question in a timely and effective manner.

    Develop a research question and design an independent research project including an Ethics Application, survey and interview instruments.

    Recruit research participants using online survey generators and social media.

    Conduct face to face research interviews according to social, cultural and ethical protocols and with professional integrity.

    Analyse quantitative and qualitative data and communicate the findings through a research report and oral presentation.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2,3,4,6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4,5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2,3,4,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Social Research Methods, edited by Maggie Walter, South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, Second Edition 2010 or Third Edition 2013. The book is available from the Co-Op and there are three copies in the Barr Smith Library.
    Online Learning
    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Structured Learning

    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


    Self Directed Learning

    8 hours reading per week 96 hours per semester
    15 hours assignment preparation per week (average) 180 hours per semester


    Total: 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    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 Requirements
    This 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.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    ASSESSMENT TASK

    TASK TYPE

    WEIGHTING

    COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)

    Oral presentation

    Formative and Summative

    10%

    3,4,5,6

    1500 word literature review

    Formative and Summative

    25%

    2

    750 word Ethics Application

    Formative and Summative

    20%

    3

    3500 final research paper

    Formative and Summative

    45%

    3,4,5,6

    Assessment Detail

    Oral Presentation (10%)
    Students are required to briefly summarise and present their research project and findings to date.

    750 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.

    1000 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.

    Submission
    All written assignments need to be submitted electronically, using MyUni
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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