HCS204 Research Methods (8)

This subject will introduce students to research strategies in the Human Services and teach them to interpret research findings as well as conduct research in their own right. The subject will examine various methods of research, both qualitative and quantitative. Within future practice, students will often need to conduct research or oversee the research of others. This subject will introduce students to this process. By the end of the subject they should be able to write a research proposal as well as be able to make sense of the findings of others. 

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of various research methods
  • be able to critically evaluate research reports
  • be able to prepare a research proposal concerning social issues

The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Research Methods: Introduction to social research; Research process; Ethics; Sampling; Surveys and Interviews; Evaluation; Action Research and other methods; Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis; Statistics; Action Research and other methods; Research Report
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.