Online Microcredential in Study Skills

Designing for Research Implementation

Improve your research strategy by developing your knowledge of research design and implementation techniques and practices.

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Deakin UniversityDeakin University

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Griffith UniversityGriffith University

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Enhance your skills in planning a comprehensive research strategy

Building on the skills gained in the microcredential, Preparing for Research, this microcredential will expertly guide you through the process of designing a research proposal ready for implementation, for a PhD, Masters, or workplace setting.

Co-created by award-winning researchers at Deakin University and Griffith University, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of research design and implementation, equipping you with the knowledge to develop a high-quality research proposal.

Using the critical and evaluative skills gained throughout this microcredential, you’ll have the confidence to assess and justify your own research work, using meaningful data and a well-structured proposal to present to academics, management, or stakeholders.

Evaluate quantitative and qualitative methodologies and theoretical frameworks

Using a variety of different research methods, you’ll learn how to identify the correct approach to address your research need. You’ll examine various theoretical frameworks and be guided through real-world illustrative examples of research methodologies, allowing you to critically assess your research problem, and design an appropriate strategy.

You’ll follow this with learning the importance of data and its impact on finding meaning in your research. With these skills and deep knowledge of research types, you’ll be ready to develop research strategies in a broad range of contexts, both professional and academic.

Explore the principles of ethical research

Research methods make sure your work meets high standards, ensuring a respectful participant process and meeting any regulatory rules and guidance surrounding your research matter.

You’ll examine how to approach your research design from an ethical perspective, and gain the skills to assess the impact of your research.

Develop your own research proposal

Towards the end of this microcredential, you’ll bring all of your learning together to produce and communicate your own research proposal. You’ll identify a researchable problem and develop a response by employing the design skills and planning techniques you have gained throughout your learning.

How will Designing for Research Implementation improve my career opportunities?

Whether you’re working towards further postgraduate study or have already begun a career in research, this microcredential will help you streamline your research process and deliver research of a professional standard.

Market research conducted by Deakin University has highlighted many diverse roles where research skills are integral. By developing your skills throughout the research lifecycle, you’ll equip yourself with sought-after skills that can be used in a wide variety of industries, as well as academia.

Will I earn a research credential?

This microcredential is developed to a masters level standard. It equates to half a point of academic credit, equal to half a unit of postgraduate study. If completed alongside Preparing for Research, you’ll receive one full credit at Deakin University.

How will I be assessed?

Towards the end of the microcredential, you’ll be assessed on submission of a video presentation of a research proposal to a chosen audience of either a funding body or a senior management workplace committee. You’ll work towards this throughout the microcredential by keeping a portfolio of potential research topics, approaches, and refined research questions.

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What skills will you learn?

  • Critial thinking
  • Communication
  • Creating a research proposal and portfolio
  • Research reports
  • Qualitative research
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Quantitative research

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Define a researchable pattern
  • Synthesise knowledge to make evidence-based decisions
  • Search online academic databases more effectively
  • Apply ethics to your research project

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

There are no requirements to take this microcredential, though it’s recommended that learners first complete the microcredential, Preparing for Research.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for anyone who is currently or planning to conduct quality professional standard research, either in a workplace or academic context.

If you’d like to improve your ability to conduct effective research, this microcredential will support you to learn and understand the practical research methods and techniques required.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll have access to the welcome area to introduce yourself and familiarise yourself with the microcredential structure and course materials.

  • Course

    From 26 Sep 2022

    Designing for Research Implementation

    Prepare yourself to design and implement effective research projects for professional work and academic study.

    6 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Let’s get started
      • Let's get started
      • Let’s get started on qualitative research
      • When is qualitative research the way to go?
      • Introducing common approaches to qualitative research
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 2

      Conducting qualitative research
      • How do qualitative researchers collect their data?
      • Capturing stories with the interview
      • Planning your qualitative research project
      • Your research proposal
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 3

      Designing a study
      • Let's look at why numbers matter
      • Building a picture of your problem
      • Applications of quantitative research
      • Study design
      • Assessing the impact of your research
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 4

      Quantitative methodologies
      • Introduction to statistics
      • Your research method
      • Your study design
      • Communication of research
    • Week 5

      Ethics approval and beyond
      • Research involving people or animals
      • Ethics beyond humans and animals
      • Preparing for your ethics application
      • Video presentation and communication
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 6

      Assessment, summary, and next steps
      • Assessment preparation and submission
      • Course wrap
  • After learning

    You’ll receive a statement of completion from FutureLearn and digital certificate from Deakin University. This microcredential is paired with microcredential Preparing for Research.

What you will receive

0.5 Deakin Credit Points at Postgraduate level from Deakin University

You’ll receive a digital Credly badge worth 0.5 postgraduate level credits. With these credits, you can build towards a degree from Deakin University.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

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Additional benefits

Complete your course within 6 weeks, including the assessment, or take extra time and use the regular assessment submission windows to complete within 20–26 weeks of your enrolment.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Deakin University

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

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Career-focused learning by Griffith University

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

  • Established

  • Location

    Queensland, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 210Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

Delivered by experts

is a Professor and the Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning. He researches higher education, feedback, cheating, assessment and research methods.

Is a PhD Candidate with the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University. You can contact me at

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

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This microcredential has been developed by Deakin University at an AQF9 (Masters level) standard and provides Credit into a range of degrees. This credential is worth half a point of academic credit, equal to half a unit of postgraduate study.

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