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MPP821 - Fundamentals of Research


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Andrew Noblet

For students enrolled in M820 or M900: Nil

Otherwise: Must have a course WAM equal to or greater than 70%

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

3 face-to-face contact hours per week (1 x 3 hour seminar).  


This unit is designed to lay the foundations of good empirical research in the social sciences. It does not deal with specific techniques per se, but rather with the assumptions and the logic underlying social research. Students become acquainted with a variety of approaches to research design and are helped to develop their own research projects and to evaluate the products of empirical research. 

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Critically analyse how data in social sciences can be used and misused to draw inferences about reality. GLO8: Global Citizenship
ULO2 Formulate and communicate an appropriate research design to address a specific research question.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

ULO3 Critically evaluate existing research and the limitations of empirical evidence in forming a view of the world. GLO4: Critical thinking
ULO4 Identify and use online resources to source and evaluate information/concepts relevant to a research question.  GLO3: Digital literacy


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: (Individual) Report (Research) 500 words 10% Information not yet available
Assessment 2: (Individual) Case Study (Report) 1000 words 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 3: (Group of 3) Report (Research)  4000 words 35% Information not yet available

Assessment 4: (Group of 3) Project

In class presentation



20 minutes


10 minutes 

Total: 30 minutes



Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MPP821 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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