Courses & Units

Research Methods KIT321




This unit is designed to give research students an appreciation of the significance of research and to provide students with research skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to conduct their own research in a rigorous manner. The unit encourages students to acquire a critical understanding of both qualitative and quantitative approaches in research and to explore the research process embodied in methodology. The unit includes the design of data collection tools and an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques. Students will gain an understanding of the theory and practice of methods and approaches applicable to the conduct of research. Students will build skills and capacity to design and communicate research proposals for projects and to critically assess and evaluate alternative approaches to conducting research on issues. Students will consider the ethical issues involved in planning, conducting and reporting research. Students will also be challenged to apply concepts and critically engage with issues as they relate to personal and professional research needs. Assessment items have been designed to relate to key aspects of the unit.


Unit name Research Methods
Unit code KIT321
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Information & Communication Technology

Associate Professor Paul Turner

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will need to be able to:

1. Apply theory and methodological approaches applicable to the conduct of research

2. Design, implement, evaluate and communicate research and research proposals in the related discipline

3. Critically assess and evaluate approaches to conducting research on discipline related issues



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,798.00 039999

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Four assessment tasks:  2000 word research plan (40%), 2 x practical qualitative exercises (25% each) and discussion board participation (10%)

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