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RES505 Applied Research Methods

DESCRIPTION 

This unit focuses on applied research methods with a specific focus on evidenced-based research and the necessary adaptations required for in a wide range of contexts. It explores the key requirements in designing and completing a research project. The aim of the unit to enhance a student’s ability to engage in applied research, including analysing data and presenting results. The student will develop a critical understanding of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. These skills will be applied in the final capstone project. 


RELEVANT COURSES 

Master of Police Leadership


*core unit 


CREDIT POINTS 

10 


DELIVERY MODES 

On campus 

Online 

Mixed mode 


PREREQUISITE OR CO-REQUISITE

This unit requires minimum 40 credit points to be completed 


UNIT LEARNING OUTCOMES 

ULO1 Demonstrate an advanced understanding of applied research literature

ULO2 Demonstrate mastery of the key practices in conducting evidence-based research 

ULO3 Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods

ULO4 Plan and develop an applied research proposal

ULO5 Synthesise leadership theories and practice in applied research 


CONTENT 

  • Applied research and evidence-based research definitions and critiques

  • Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research

  • Ethics approvals

  • Literature reviews

  • Collecting and analysing data

  • Developing and presenting an applied research proposal 


ASSESSMENT METHODS 

  1. Research Reflections – 25% 

  2. Oral Presentation – 25% 

  3. Applied Research Proposal – 50% 


PRESCRIBED TEXT 

Creswell, J. W. (2014). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, 4th ed. Thousand Oaks CA: SAGE Publications

Fielding, N., Bullock, K. & Holdaway, S. (2019), Critical reflections on evidence-based policing. Routledge.

Leedy, P. D. and Ormrod, J. E. (2021). Practical research: Planning and design. Pearson.

Walliman, N. (2020). Your research project: Designing and planning your work. 4th ed. Sage Publications. 


Check with the lecturer each semester before purchasing any textbooks.

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