Applied Research Methods

Subject MULT30018 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty contact hours per semester. 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Levels 1 and 2 Politics and International Studies, Criminology or Sociology

Non Allowed Subjects:

MULT30018 Applied Political Research

Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Aaron Martin


Dr. Aaron Martin

Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with training in applied social science research methods. Students will learn how to connect a research question with appropriate research design and methodology and acquire practical skills in utilising different research methods and tools, including analysing data and presenting results. The subject will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and the practical skills to carry out social science research.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to relate different research questions to appropriate research methods;
  • have a critical understanding of how different research methods are executed (including mixed-methods research);
  • acquire practical experience in applying and evaluating quantitative research methods;
  • have the ability to work in groups and negotiate any problems that may arise in doing so;
  • gain skills that will be useful upon entering the workforce.

A short research design of 800 words (20%) due early in the semester, in class practical tasks equivalent to 600 words (15%) due throughout the semester, group work / peer assessment equivalent to 600 words (15%) due throughout the semester, and an applied research assignment of 2000 words (50%) due in the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: This subject has a minimum Hurdle Requirement of 75% tutorial attendance. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A reading pack will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

MULT30018 Applied Research Methods is the capstone subject for the following majors:


Politics and International Studies


This subject is only available to students majoring in the above-mentioned study areas and is not available as Breadth.

MULT30018 Applied Research Methods is a compulsory 3rd year subject in the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology), (Politics and International Studies), (Sociology).

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Criminology
Criminology Major
Politics and International Studies
Politics and International Studies

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