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AIX706 - Research Design Development and Method

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:A Vandenberg


Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.


Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


Research Design, Development and Method is a research training unit that introduces students to the research process including designing research, the development of specific research questions, selection of appropriate research methods to address these questions, quantitiative and qualitative approaches and the gathering, analysis and interpretation of data. This unit provides students with a broad and advanced understanding of contemporary research design and method – and their evaluation - through review and analysis of a range of case studies drawn from across the social sciences. Students apply this knowledge and skills in designing a research project to address a specific issue of problem of relevance within their area of study.


Two assignments of not more than 5000 words.

Part A is a Literature Review, 50%, A written review and critical evaluation of the elements of the research design used in three case study research projects in the social sciences. 

Part B is an Essay, 50%, Identify a current issue or problem in your area of study that requires research to identify appropriate solutions and to develop and present a research design to address this issue or problem including a justification of the questions, methods and data that will be used.

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.

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