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SRM500 Social Research Methods (8)


The subject introduces students to advanced methodology of social science. Emphasis is placed on the procedures of social research, including both qualitative and quantitative methodology. In addition, students are instructed in the use of standardised statistical computer packages as an aid to the data analysis.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Social Research

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
have gained a critical understanding of advanced methods of acquiring knowledge in social research and of their advantages and limitations;
have developed skills for independently carrying out social research;
have acquired some skills in using computers in social research;
be able to evaluate critically research findings and reports; and
be in a position to prepare research reports of an advanced nature.


The subject will cover the following topics:
History and philosophy of science; basic assumptions and conceptual models of science; varieties of social research; measurement and scaling; research process. Initiating social research; formulation of the research topic; exploratory studies; operational definitions (operationalisation); formulation of hypotheses; reference made to both quantitative and qualitative research. Research design; sampling procedures in qualitative and quantitative research; types of sampling; sample size. Methods of data collection in quantitative and quantitative research; surveys, indirect methods, observation; unobtrusive methods; experiments and sociometry; field research, case studies and group discussion; administrative considerations; working with computers. Protests and pilot studies; collection of data; quantitative and qualitative procedures; administrative and methodological considerations. Data analysis; quantitative and qualitative procedures. Data presentation; report writing.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.