RES401 Honours Research Methods (16)

This subject focuses on developing students understanding of research methods that will be integral for the completion of their dissertation. Students' methodological knowledge and skills will be developed through analysing and evaluating published research studies in their discipline. Students will consider broad approaches to research (qualitative, quantitative, and pragmatic), question-clarity, specific designs, sampling decisions/techniques, recruitment strategies, data collection and analysis methods, and conclusion validity. Overall, this subject will introduce students to concepts and skills that are important for designing and conducting methodologically sound research in their discipline area.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: RES401. 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 Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Research (Honours).

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate training in research methods in a Bachelor Degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify examples of qualitative and quantitative research in their discipline area, and compare and contrast the associated strengths of each approach;
  • be able to compare and contrast research designs, sampling, data collection and data analysis methods used by researchers in their discipline area;
  • be able to evaluate the appropriateness of methodological choices in relation to a study's research question/s;
  • be able to appraise the reliability and validity of published research, considering the reported methods and results to support the formulation of a study; and
  • be able to critically engage with the role of ethics in the research process.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • scholarly views and debates regarding qualitative and quantitative approaches to research
  • types of design, sampling decisions/techniques, recruitment strategies, data collection methods, and data analysis methods, in qualitative and quantitative research
  • methodologically sound decision-making and its importance for enabling meaningful, valid research conclusions
  • Ethical principles in research
  • Sustainable research

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.