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Program Bachelor of Applied Social Science
Subject Qualitative Research Methods
Subject code SOC301A
Name of assessment Assessment 3: Research Methodology
Length 2000 words (+/- 10%)
Learning outcomes addressed by this
assessment: A, B, C, D, E
Submission Date: Week 11
Assessment brief summary:
You are required to explain the research methodology for your proposed
Total marks 100
Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the total
mark e.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur a 4 mark penalty per day.
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This assessment builds on Assessment 2. In that assessment, you developed part of the research
proposal by formulating a research topic, providing an introduction and justification for the research,
and reviewing the literature on your topic.
In this assessment, you will finalise your research proposal by developing the methodology part of
your research. In order to do this effectively, you should follow the structure below.
Structure of the paper
• State your research topic clearly at the start of the paper
• Provide an introduction to the research – justification for the research; research questions (at
least 5 questions are recommended). (This information should be adapted from Assessment 2 and
based on assessment 2 feedback).
• Engage in a brief, critical review of the literature. This information will come from Assessment 2.
It should be brief and take into consideration the feedback provided to you in that assessment.
The review should discuss what previous research has said about your topic and the gaps that you
are trying to fill by carrying out this study.
• Discussion of methodology: This is the main part of this assessment. Students must engage in an
in-depth discussion of their chosen methodology. This would include:
o The data collection methods and justification for those methods: the specific
instruments used to collect the data (for example, interviews, questionnaires,
observation, focus groups etc). Remember, you don’t have to use all of the methods, you
just need to choose the one(s) that are most suitable for your chosen topic
o Sampling – what sampling strategy would you use; sample size (for this study, it is limited
to between 0 – 10 participants); how will you recruit your sample (that is, how will you get
access to the sample) etc Discussion of the method: This is the most important part of the evaluation. Students must have a deep discussion about the method they chose. These things would be:
o The methods for collecting data and why those methods were chosen: how the data was collected, such as through interviews, questionnaires, observation, focus groups, etc. Remember that you don’t have to use all of the methods. Just pick the one(s) that work best for your topic.
o Sampling: what sampling strategy would you use? How big would your sample be? (For this study, it can only be between 0 and 10 people.) How will you recruit your sample? (How will you get access to the sample?)
o Analysis of the data – explain how you plan to analyse the data. Since most qualitative
data would be coded and categorised, it would be useful to explain how you would go
about doing this – what would you be looking for? For example, based on your particular
topic and research questions, you might expect certain themes to emerge (you should
have an idea of these from your review of the literature) and these themes can be
discussed as examples during your discussion of the coding process. The main idea here
is to show the examiner that you understand the process of coding of qualitative data. In
addition, if there are particular techniques of data analysis recommended by your
theoretical framework, you should incorporate those into the discussion.
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o Ethical implications – Discuss how you will ensure that your research conforms to
o Conclusion – Conclude the discussion.
Remember, you are not expected to go out and collect the data. This is just the ‘proposal’
or plan for what you intend to do.
Background – intro and brief literature review 10
Discussion and justification of data collection procedures 30
Discussion of data analysis 30
Discussion of ethics 20
Word count, grammar and referencing 10
What we want to see:
The work must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. We
recommend you work with the APA 7
th Edition Reference Guide to ensure that you reference
correctly. You will find a copy of this guide on the Portal. Correct academic writing and referencing
are essential tasks that you need to learn. We recommend a minimum of 10 references.
Research and Referencing: References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality
academic sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, journals, government reports etc.
Your textbook can be used as a reference, but not the Study Guide and lecture notes. We want to
see evidence that you are capable of conducting your own research.
Formatting: The assessment MUST be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Other
formats may not be readable by markers. Please be aware that any assessments submitted in other
formats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it is presented in Word.
Use Times New Roman, font size 12.
Stay within the required word count.
You can use personal language in this paper as you will be explaining the methods you plan to use.
What we don’t want to see:
Plagiarism: All sources of information need to be properly acknowledged. Please refer to the
plagiarism information on Blackboard. Like other forms of cheating, plagiarism is treated seriously.
Plagiarising students will be referred to the Program Manager. The best way to avoid plagiarism is
to explain ideas in your own words, while crediting the authors for the information.
No submission: Students must attempt all tasks to be eligible to pass the unit.