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AIX706 - Research Design

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Andrew Vandenberg


Permission from unit chair to enrol


This unit is only open to students in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences post graduate masters courses  (international relations, politics and policy, international and community development, cultural heritage and museum studies, humanitarian assistance).

Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin

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


Research Design offers students research training. It guides students on how to specify a question or problem that is important and requires research to resolve or address. It also guides students on various ways to review other researchers’ work and conclude on why further research is needed. Students are introduced to the importance of an appropriate method for gathering relevant data, and then interpreting the data according to an appropriate methodology. Students apply this training to design a research proposal within their own area of study.


Assignment One, 50% 2,500 words.

Students either appraise the design of three exemplary research projects, or undertake a methodical review of other researcher’s work relevant to their general topic and conclude on the importance of further research about a specific topic.

Assignment Two, 50%, 2,500 words.

Students write a research proposal in which they outline the problem context, briefly review other research, and specify: a particular problem; data that is relevant to addressing the problem; a method for collecting the data; a methodology for interpreting it; tentative conclusions or argument; and an outline of chapters or sections.

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