|Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba|
|Short Description:||Introduction to Research|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|Student contribution band :||2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1|
|ASCED code :||099999 - Society and Culture not elsewh|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Melissa Johnson Morgan
This is an introductory course designed to help students develop the research skills required to competently undertake and complete PhD/Masters by Research level research projects. It will provide students with the training required to develop the skills to review and critically analyse extant theory (literature) on topics related to their research, justify the rationale for research, understand the role of theories in research, and learn to write research proposals. Students need to be able to relate specific research approaches to broader philosophical issues of existence, knowledge, ethics and values. They must be able to develop ethical, feasible and rigorous research questions and a literature review that will support their research program. An important first step in this process is to consider their own skills and learning styles and the management of the supervisory relationship.
This course provides an introduction to research for students undertaking postgraduate research studies who are working towards confirmation of candidature. The focus of the course is to prepare students for their program by establishing their learning approaches and suitable supervision practice, the fundamentals of research and the practical steps to confirmation of candidature. Students will learn about and engage with a number of research paradigms. Students will develop their skills in identifying research questions and devising a robust literature review. Research quality and ethics are emphasised throughout the course as students identify an appropriate theoretical framework to underpin their research proposal.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- recognise your preferred learning style and match this with appropriate learning strategies (Assignment 1);
- understand the role of supervision in higher degree research and identify the type of supervision required (Assignment 1);
- demonstrate understanding of the theoretical paradigms and perspectives underpinning different research approaches (Assignment 2 & 3);
- analyse critically the philosophical dimensions of a variety of research in relevant fields of interest (Assignment 2 & 3);
- apply critical analysis techniques to reviews of relevant literatures (Assignment 2 & 3);
- develop a high quality and rigorous literature review (Assignment 2);
- demonstrate appropriate research presentation and communication skills (Assignment 1, 2 & 3);
- understand the appropriate ethical principles that guide research (Assignment 2 & 3).
|1.||Learning styles and strategies and the role of supervision||10.00|
|2.||Introduction to Research||10.00|
|3.||Theoretical paradigms and perspectives||10.00|
|4.||Theory and the critical review of literature||15.00|
|5.||Writing a literature review||15.00|
|6.||Research design and ethics||15.00|
|7.||Identifying and evaluating research quality and rigour||15.00|
|8.||Writing a research proposal||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=RSH8000)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|ASSIGNMENT 1||10||10||11 Mar 2021|
|ASSIGNMENT 2||35||35||25 Mar 2021|
|ASSIGNMENT 3||55||55||03 Jun 2021|
Important assessment information
Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Students will be advised regarding the referencing style to be used to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The referencing styles used are defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.
Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.