Online course

Why Planning Your Research Matters

Learn how to plan your research effectively and define your research question.

This course is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Development and Humanitarian Action.

Why is planning your research so important?

Planning your research can make all the difference to the results of your research project.

This online course will show you how to create a comprehensive research plan and help you define your research question.

You’ll learn how to craft critical questions, develop comprehensive methods and understand the true potential of your research to improve our lives, workplaces and communities.

Throughout this course, you’ll be guided through a complete planning process to help you conduct your research effectively and turn your ideas into reality.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsNICK FOSTER: You know that idea you've always been passionate about.

Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsCHRIS STEPHENSON: Maybe it's a theory you have about solving a problem, improving an efficiency, or a hunch to explore something you just can't let go of.

Skip to 0 minutes and 18 secondsNICK FOSTER: Your time for research is now, and you will need a plan.

Skip to 0 minutes and 22 secondsCHRIS STEPHENSON: A detailed plan will take you from thinking about your research project, to actually doing it. And we're here to lead you on the journey. Hello, I'm Chris Stephenson from Deakin University.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsNICK FOSTER: And I'm Nick Foster from Griffith University.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 secondsCHRIS STEPHENSON: In this course, we take you step-by-step through the process of planning your research, and prepare you to complete the all important research proposal. Planning will empower you to untangle complex problems, navigate the practicalities, and come through the other side with clarity, focus, and determination.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 secondsNICK FOSTER: You'll hear from fellow travellers who are already embarking on a research project, and be guided by experiences researchers from our leading institutions. Deakin and Griffith Universities. Start your adventure today, with this free two week course, and turn your research aspirations into a feasible reality. Together we can produce research that matters.

What topics will you cover?

  • Undertaking a literature review
  • Specifying a researchable question
  • Crafting a research methodology
  • Assessing the potential impact of your research
  • Writing your research proposal

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
    This course started 4 February 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Define a specific, researchable question
  • Review accessible literature relating to your question
  • Plan a defensible methodology to answer your research question
  • Develop a research impact and dissemination plan

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in research. It may be of particular interest to people who are undertaking a research project related to their profession or area of study.

Who will you learn with?

Christopher Stevenson

Chris is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with a particular interest in evidence based health policy. He is a passionate teacher with a commitment to blending teaching with cutting edge research

Nick Barter

Nick is an academic with a focus on developing frameworks to allow corporate strategists to realise sustainable strategies and expanding online education to as many learners as possible

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research.

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