This course will introduce you to key research methods in the social and natural sciences. You will learn how different theories of knowledge including the scientific method, indigenous/traditional knowledge, and personal knowledge, informs research processes. On successful completion of this course, you will gain knowledge of different research methods and be able to effectively evaluate published research papers and research processes.
Delivery type2019Trimester 2 & 3 2019
Allow 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course.
Cost2019NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
- 15 Credits or more at Level 5 and Above.
If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course
The course will cover the following
- The characteristics of research as ‘A way of knowing’.
- Qualitative and quantitative research.
- Identifying the key elements of the research process.
- Distinguishing between specific research methods.
- Selecting an appropriate research method.
- Evaluating published research.
On successful completion of the course, you will be able to
- Identify the characteristics of research as a ‘way of knowing’.
- Distinguish between major approaches to research.
- Identify key elements of a robust research process.
- Distinguish between specific research methods.
- Select and justify the most appropriate method for a particular research project.
- Evaluate published research against general criteria and criteria specific to the approach and method used.
You need to have completed one Level 5 course at any recognised tertiary provider.
Access to a computer, the Internet and email.
100% internally assessed
No textbooks are required for this course
How to enrol
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
- choose the qualification you will study the course under
- check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.
Lecturer / Tutor
You can do this course as part of these qualifications:
Certificate of Proficiency
- Bachelor of Applied Science (OP701001)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication) (OP701002)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and Environment) (OP701007)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and Psychology) (OP701029)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Environment) (OP701003)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (OP701026)
- Bachelor of Library and Information Studies (OP7040)
- Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing (OP7800)