Research Design

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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About this unit

In this Research Design unit, you will learn and evaluate various methodologies for survey research and data collection. Delivered by Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University, you’ll learn to compare and scrutinise the utility of differing survey research procedures and data collection and analysis techniques. The skills you gain will be related to case studies in varying disciplines including sociology, market research, psychology, medical sciences.

During your comparison and evaluation of research methodologies, you will learn to reflect on the ethics and privacy concerns of the related research styles and data collection. Upon the completion of the unit you’ll be adept in planning and advising for the adoption of appropriate research and data collection techniques.

With a broad knowledge of research and data collection and analysis methods under your belt, you’ll be guided through the planning and operation of a research survey. You’ll learn to critique both your own research and industry research and data collection, with particular reference to health statistics, including disease and death rates.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses through Swinburne University of Technology:

  • Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics)
  • Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics)
  • Master of Science (Applied Statistics)

It is also recommended that you complete the following unit, prior to enrolling:

  • Statistical Practice 1

Areas of study

In this research unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to survey research
  • The basics of survey sampling
  • Developing a questionnaire
  • Methods of data collection
  • Coding and cleaning survey data
  • Introduction to scale development
  • The basic concepts of experimental designs
  • Common designs
  • Introduction to methods used in health statistics and elsewhere
  • Incidence and prevalence statistics
  • Standardisation of rates
  • Randomised trials and cohort studies
  • Case-control studies

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics),?Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics),?Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Science (Applied Statistics),?Swinburne University of Technology

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Studying Research Design will aid any career that relies on comprehensive research design and delivery. Survey research and data collection are essential to a broad range of disciplines, and learning their methodologies is critical for developing a career in the sciences, in particular.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Research Design from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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