Return to previous page

ALR732 - Research Methods for Contemporary Society

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Offering information:

Final year of offer 2015

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:N Weerakkody




Incompatible with:

ALR632, ALR932, ALX701

Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


For A747 Master of Communication Students: This unit is a pre-requisite for ALX715 Research Project A, ALX716 Research Project B, ALX720 Minor Research Project and ALX711 Research Project.


This unit covers the research process from choosing a research topic to writing a scholarly or non-scholarly report. It will examine in-depth the quantitative (surveys, content analysis); qualitative (depth interviews, focus groups, field studies); and other (case studies, historical analysis) research methods commonly used in studying media messages, audiences and industries. It discusses selecting a suitable theoretical framework for a project, searching for and reviewing the relevant research literature, research design, ethics, sampling, measurement, data collection, analysis, and interpretation of results. It also introduces students to the use of computer software such as SPSS and NVivo for data analysis. 

The unit also examines how these research methods are applied in the everyday professional practices of Media Production, Journalism, Advertising, Professional Writing and Public Relations and how research findings are used in the policy or decision making and professional practices related to these disciplines. It provides a strong foundation for students aiming for Masters and Doctoral level study in the future and/or careers in media production, research, policy making and management.


Analytical essay 2000 words 40%, simulated research proposal 2500 words 50%, data analysis exercise 500 words 10%.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

Return to previous page