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.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS204. 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


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HCS204 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Research proposal

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.