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RSH8001 Research Methodologies

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Research Methodologies
Units : 1
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
Version produced : 17 April 2021


Examiner: Martin Kerby


Co-requisite: RSH8000 or student must be enrolled in the DPHD


The notion of 'research' is an increasingly common one in the everyday experiences of the community generally and even more so in the narrower confines of academic work. In the latter, research-based evidence and insights are the basic underpinnings of teaching and learning at all levels, and HDR students need to develop a capacity for critically engaging with research conducted and reported by others. This is one of the hallmarks of a professional. Within more formal research-based qualifications and awards, HDR students are expected to be not only 'research literate' but to also be able to demonstrate familiarity and competence with the application of a range of research approaches, evidence/data collection and analysis methods and forms of reporting the results of their own research-based work within an accepted ethical framework.


Students will critically engage with research design approaches in the social sciences or humanities. They will consider quantitative and qualitative perspectives, and will ethically explore relevant evidence or data-gathering methods and analysis. Students will build on their existing knowledge of research paradigms, and research problem and question development. They will apply their research methodology skills by participating in online discussions. In addition, they will be guided by their research supervisors in applying the ideas of this course to their own research. Students will also develop their preliminary research methodology design to assist them in the development of their confirmation document.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. conceptualise and design an appropriate research project independently;
  2. analyse critically the nature, uses, limitations, and compatibilities of a range of research methodologies;
  3. examine the rigour and ethics of a research process;
  4. evaluate data analysis approaches, and identify and develop appropriate strategies for research designs;
  5. conceptualise representations of data and analysis in order to communicate research outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Complexities of research terminology 5.00
2. Approaches to Research Design 15.00
3. Research methodologies and methods (quantitative) 20.00
4. Research methodologies and methods (qualitative) 20.00
5. Data and evidence analysis methods 20.00
6. Ethics of research 10.00
7. Representation of data 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 70.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 50.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CONFERENCE PAPER 30 30 02 Jun 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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.

  5. 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.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. 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

Assessment notes

  1. 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

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

Date printed 17 April 2021