Courses & Units

Introduction to Research Methods ESP318



This unit is required for potential Faculty of Education Honours students.


This unit is designed to give prospective Honours students an appreciation of the significance of research and provide students with research skills, knowledge and understandings that will enable them to undertake an honours research project. The unit will encourage critical understanding of qualitative and quantitative traditions and approaches in research and explore the research process from design to reporting. Students will be challenged to apply concepts and critically engage with issues as they relate to personal research interests and plans.


Unit name Introduction to Research Methods
Unit code ESP318
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Education
School of Education
Discipline School of Education
Teaching staff

Prof David Kember

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017
Spring school (extended) 30/10/2017 23/11/2017 22/12/2017 13/2/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

About Census Dates



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 069903

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

1 x 1 hr lecture (weeks 1-13), 1 x 2 hr tutorial (weeks 2-13); Flexible delivery mode with online readings and learning activities


Development of Research Questions (40%), Research Proposal (60%)

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