Research Methods

Research Methods

Research Methods
Compulsory research unit


Students learn philosophical and theoretical approaches to research while also gaining hands-on experience designing, conducting and evaluating their own informed research report. Well-honed skills in both evaluating and conducting professional research are critically important not only in the pursuit of postgraduate degrees but also in facilitating lifelong learning and enhancing professional performance and practice.

This unit will cover the following topics as the students prepare to design their own research project:

  • Approaches to research
  • The relationship between research and theory
  • Sourcing research
  • Reading research: quantitative and qualitative
  • Framing novel research and research questions based on previous research
  • Research design, models and processes
  • Collecting and preparing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Analysing and presenting quantitative and qualitative data
  • Structuring a research report.

This unit is an important component of the MEd degree and is a prerequisite for the Applied Education Research Project.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe various philosophies that underpin research, and realise the implications of these philosophies for research practice
  • Outline comparative strengths and weaknesses of a range of research methods
  • Articulate the value of research as an intellectual activity, and the contribution of research to theory-building and good practice
  • Appreciate opportunities to interpret and use the results of research
  • Utilise a basic spreadsheet (or equivalent) program to organise quantitative and qualitative data
  • Develop a coherent research proposal in order to investigate a designated research problem.


Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your Excelsia Online student advisor on 1300 917 916 for more information based on your particular circumstances.