Critical Research - Foundation Futures & Skills
Traditionally, research approaches could be categorised in ways such as science, humanities or art practice-based research. Increasingly, inter- and multi-disciplinary movements are calling for more collaboration between these areas, while preserving an empirical (evidence-based) approach.
What will I be doing?
This Certificate provides an overview of the empirical research process, theories and methods so as to provide students with the insight, language and skills required to carry out empirical research in a range of disciplines. Throughout the course the research methods are discussed in the context of real research studies. The course emphasises questions, discussion and debate around the content.
Min Entry Requirements
Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level.
Applicants may also be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (recognition of prior learning) process.
Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview.
What topics will I study?
The content may vary from year to year and at times the work can be driven by a student's own interest.
The general content is as follows:
• The research process,
• What makes good research,
• Research paradigms,
• The role of the internet in supporting research,
• Research ethics,
• Hypothesis generation and testing,
• Research design,
• Surveys and online questionnaires,
• Ethnographic research,
• Experimental designs,
• Observation studies,
• Tests and scales,
• Mixed-method approaches,
• Analysis and interpretation (qualitative and quantitative),
• Proposal writing,
• Publishing research,
• Communication of results,
• Critical thinking skills.
20 weeks: September to March
Wednesday evenings (7pm - 9pm).
Post Course Info
On successful completion, students will be able to:
• Develop appropriate and interesting research questions,
• Design an empirical research study (e.g. experiment, survey, observation, interview, use of tests and scales),
• Identify and evaluate alternative research designs,
• Critically evaluate empirical research findings and reports,
• Communicate the findings of an empirical research study to a wider audience through alternative methods (e.g. poster, website, oral presentation, empirical APA style report).
The knowledge and skills you have acquired will be invaluable in a wide range of careers and activities, and so can be applied to virtually any research related endeavour.
This course will be highly relevant to individuals who:
• Wish to update or develop their research skills,
• Want to become familiar with the latest trends or debates in research,
• Are currently engaged in an on-going research project,
• Would like to engage in multi-, cross- or inter-disciplinary work.