ASH401 Honours Theory and Methods (16)

This subject focuses on developing students' understanding of research methodologies and methods integral to the completion of a project/dissertation in Arts and Social Sciences. Students will examine a range of methodologies and methods applied to arts and social sciences research including qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods data collection and analysis. The assessment requirements are customised to, and for, the discipline and research interests of the student.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASH401. 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


Faculty of Arts and Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only available to students who have met the admissions requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate the strengths and limitations of qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods research;
  • be able to evaluate the formulation of research questions for methodological planning;
  • be able to analyse the suitability of research designs, data collection and data analysis approaches used by researchers;
  • be able to demonstrate data analysis skills relevant to their planned Honours research; and
  • be able to appraise the validity of conclusions in published research articles.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Research paradigms
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Theoretical frameworks
  • Indigenous research methods
  • Creative methods
  • Case study creation and analysis
  • Analytical procedures for evaluating qualitative research data
  • Using statistical software in a variety of multivariate applications
  • Note: the topics covered in this subject will be tailored to the needs and interests of students/cohort.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.