Deakin University & Griffith University program

Why Research Matters: Evidence at Work

Explore research methods and techniques to help develop your own research project.

  • Overview 5 courses + 1 assessment
  • Duration 12 weeks
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  • Credential $195 + £385 More info
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Enrol now, start studying immediately and earn credit towards a degree at Griffith and Deakin Universities

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Are you thinking about research? Whether you already have a project in mind or need some inspiration to get started, this program has been designed for aspiring researchers just like you. Hello, I’m Chris Stevenson from Deakin University. And I’m Nick Barter from Griffith University. We’ve come together to bring you a series of courses to teach you how to develop a feasible research proposal. Successfully completing the final assessment in the program can lead to university credit. We’ll guide you through all the essentials– everything from qualitative and quantitative methodologies, through to ethics and planning. The program is really flexible and designed for people who are new to research, or those wanting to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 seconds You can study at your own pace. Just choose the dates that suits you best. If you’re ready to solve problems and make a difference in your workplace, the community, or our wider society, come join us on this program and learn how to conduct robust research. As part of your final assessment, you’ll have the opportunity to have your research proposal assessed by independent experts, which means you can get embark on your research project with confidence. With the support and know how of two leading universities behind you, there’s never been a better time to unlock your research potential. See you soon.

Imagine a world without robust evidence, where governments carry out policy based on hunches and manufacturers release products without testing.

This program will further develop your research skills so you will be able to solve problems on a global scale and make evidence-based decisions. This program will use several case studies highlighting research at two of Australia’s leading research institutions, Deakin and Griffith Universities, to help you understand the real-world application of research methods and techniques.

During the program, you will:

  • Use data to make evidence-based recommendations that address real world problems
  • Assess various research approaches and perspectives in broadening your understanding of a problem
  • Practise common research techniques including interviewing, coding and statistical analysis
  • Develop a framework for ethical governance of a research project
  • Plan the implementation of your own research project

You will be assessed on your development of a feasible research proposal, which you will work towards throughout the program by keeping a portfolio of potential research topics, approaches and refined research questions.

How to complete the program

This program is designed for flexibility and allow you to study at your own pace, just choose the dates that suit you best.

Once you have completed the first course Why Research Matters, you can fit the courses on Ethics, Experience and Numbers in any order around your busy schedule. We suggest you complete Why Planning your Research Matters last in order to help you prepare to submit your assessment which will be available at various times throughout the year.

Join this program now and plan when to study the courses and submit your final assessment.

Academic credential program

Credit for Prior Learning

This Program co-developed by Griffith and Deakin universities is an AQF9 (Masters level) standard and provides Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) into a wider range of degrees at both universities, see here.

10 weeks recommended learning
2 week assessment course
$195 USD (course costs)
£385 GBP (assessment cost)
5 courses + 1 assessment
Completing and passing the final assessment course will enable you to earn credit from both Griffith and Deakin Universities equivalent to one unit of a post-graduate Master’s degree.

How does our pricing work?

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$195 USD - Course Upgrades
£385 GBP - Final Assessment

Can I learn for free?

Programs are made up of short courses, most of which you can join for free.

However, if you want to take the final assessment and unlock the award or accreditation for the program, you must upgrade each individual course or buy Unlimited to gain a Certificate of Achievement for all the courses in the program.

How do course upgrades work?

If you want to spend more time on course material and better demonstrate what you've learned, you may choose to upgrade each course. You can upgrade your courses at any point after you enrol.

When you upgrade a course, you get ongoing access to the course material for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn. This means you can return to the subject whenever you like.

You will also be given access to any course tests, and the ability to qualify for a downloadable and printed Certificate of Achievement to show what you’ve achieved.

How does Unlimited work?

If you have Unlimited, you will get access to all of the short courses in this program, plus thousands of other short courses and tests.

You have the ability to learn at your own pace throughout your subscription time and gain digital Certificates of Achievement on all your courses.

If you gain a certificate on a course, you will keep access to the course’s content beyond your Unlimited subscription time so you can revise the content whenever you need.

Unlimited costs $27.99/month. Find out more about Unlimited.

What is the final assessment?

The final assessment is designed to rigorously test your understanding of the subject. This test is marked by experts and enables you to demonstrate your learning to yourself and to employers.

The assessment is summative and may include a multiple-choice test, or tutor-marked assignment.

Passing the final assessment unlocks the academic or professional recognition associated with completing an entire FutureLearn program, plus a FutureLearn Award.

To be eligible for the final assessment, you must upgrade on each individual course or buy Unlimited and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program. The final assessment must be purchased separately.

Are these the final prices?

Yes. There are no additional fees. The price you see here includes everything - such as test fees, tuition and any additional accreditation provided by the course.

Delivered by expert academics

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus. With world-class teaching and research, Deakin produces sought-after graduates poised to make a real difference in the world.

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions. Ranking in the top 3% of universities worldwide, Griffith hosts 50,000 students from 130 countries across our five campuses in South East Queensland and online.

  • Deakin University
  • Griffith University

Who will you learn with?

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 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

Professor Matthew Clarke is Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, Australia. He has more than two decades experience working in the development sector.