EDUC 7065 - Introduction to Education Research

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

In Introduction to Education Research students will be introduced to qualitative and quantitative methodologies, theoretical perspectives and methods. Emphasis will be on understanding the suitability of various qualitative and quantitative methods used to collect and analyse data. The course will enable student to critically evaluate the suitability of various approaches to the design of their own research projects.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7065
    Course Introduction to Education Research
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 36 hours intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible EDUC 7011
    Course Description In Introduction to Education Research students will be introduced to qualitative and quantitative methodologies, theoretical perspectives and methods. Emphasis will be on understanding the suitability of various qualitative and quantitative methods used to collect and analyse data. The course will enable student to critically evaluate the suitability of various approaches to the design of their own research projects.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Igusti Darmawan

    Name : Dr. I Gusti Ngurah Darmawan
    Location : Room 834, Level 8, 10 Pulteney Street
    Telephone : +618 8313 5788 (work)
    Email :
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain and discuss the qualitative and Quantitative Research Design
    2. Elucidate basic Qualitative and Quantitative analytical concepts used in educational research
    3. Use computer programs associated with Qualitative or Quantitative data analysis
    4. Demonstrate their competence and confidence in collecting, organising, and analysing both Qualitative and Quantitative data
    5. Demonstrate the ability to work in group and to communicate the findings in multiple formats to different stakeholders.
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

    Assessment Summary
    Week Topic Tasks 
    1 Preparation for Intensive 1 Discussion Forum: Qualitative Research Papers
    2 Preparation for Intensive 1 Discussion Forum: Qualitative Methods
    Intensive 1 Day 1:
    What is Research
    Qualitative Methods (1)

    Day 2:
    What are Theoretical Perspective
    Qualitative Methods (2)
    4 Post Intensive 1 activities Assignment 1: Qualitative Report
    5 Preparation for Intensive 2 Assignment 2a: Working with SPSS
    Intensive 2 Day 1
    Descriptive Statistics: categorical and continuous data
    Making Comparison: using t-tests and ANOVA

    Day 2:
    Examining Association: Chi-Square and Correlation
    Making Prediction: Regression
    7 Post Intensive 2 activities Assignment 2b: Descriptive Statistics
    8 Assignment 2c: Making Comparison
    9 Assignment 2d: Examining Association
    10 Assignment 2e: Making Predictions
    11 Assignment 3: Quantitative Report
    12 Assignment 3: Quantitative Report submission

  • Assessment

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    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
    Assignment 1 : Qualitative Research Report
    Type : Summative
    Due Date : Week 5
    Weighting : 40%
    Learning objectives : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Assignment 2 : Practical portfolio
    Type : Formative and Summative
    Due Date : Weeks, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Weighting : 10%
    Learning objectives : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Assignment 3 : Quantitative Report
    Type : Summative
    Due Date : Week 12
    Weighting : 50%
    Learning objectives : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 2: Qualitative Research Report (40%)
    This assessment is in 2 parts. Write approximately 1,000 words (excluding references) on each topic.
    1. Define and compare two different types of data analysis methods used in qualitative research.
    The Discussion Forum in Week 2 on Qualitative Methods, and the Presentations on Qualitative Methods in Intensive 1 are intended to assist you with this question.
    2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative methodology in educational research?
    The Discussion Forum in Week 1 on Qualitative Research Papers is intended to help you to answer this question.

    Assessment 2: Practical Portfolio (10%)
    You are required to respond to 5 set of questions to show your competence in working with statistical programs by preparing a portfolio of assignment from practicals

    Assignment 3: Quantitative Report (50%)
    The assignment involves the construction of a data file and the analysis of the data from that requires:
    a) calculation of descriptive statistics
    b) making comparisons using t-tests or the analysis of variance
    c) examining associations utilising correlations between variables or a set of variables
    d) making predictions with multiple regression analysis
    using SPSS or other computer programs.
    In addition, students are expected to discuss the results obtained from their analyses.
    1. Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    2. All individual assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission.
    3. All group assignments must be attached to a Group Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.
    4. Markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism (refer to policy on plagiarism above).
    5. Requests for extensions will be considered only if they are made three days before the due date for which the extension is being sought. Students must apply to the lecturer concerned on the ‘Application for Extension’ form at the back of the Academic Program Handbook.
    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

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