Research Methodology

General information

Organisations  often need to collect data from communities they work with for a range of reasons such as needs assessment, scoping exercise, and monitoring and evaluation. This course equips participants with knowledge and skills to successfully undertake research assignment within a community setting. Upon successful completion of the course participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion showing all modules covered.

 Who is this course for

This course is designed for those working with communities in a range of projects such as health, youth, women, men, settlement, education and employment.

Entry requirements

No entry requirements. However, experience implementing community projects is recommended.

Course structure

The training is delivered in four modules as follows:

Module 1: Ethics issues in research

Module 2: Sampling methods and recruitment

Module 3: Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Module 4: Data management, analysis, interpretation and reporting  

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Formulate research questions
  • Explain ethics issues in research
  • Recruit research participants
  • Use a range of research tools and methods in a project
  • Analyse, interpret and report  research findings

Course delivery methods

1. Online Learning. For more details click here

2. Correspondence Learning. For more details click here

3. Organisational Training. For more details click here 

Workload requirements

The minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this course is approximately 14 hours (2 full days).  The workload comprises a mixture of scheduled learning, short assignments (activities) and independent study of additional reading resources  provided as part of the course. Participants are encouraged to submit each activity as soon as it is completed. This ensures they receive timely feedback on the activity before proceeding to the next module.


♦ Online or Correspondence Learning: Up to 2 months

♦ Organisational Training: Negotiable

Course fee

♦ AUD 175 per person for Online or Correspondence Learning

♦ Organisational Training is based on quote.  For more details click here


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