CLIPART_OF_26862_SMJPG_2   HSC Core: Personal Interest Project (30% of course time)The Personal Interest Project is integrated across the whole HSC course and draws together the interests, research skills and personal experiences of the student.
Resource Name Methodologies
Targeted Outcomes H10 communicates complex information, ideas and issues using appropriate written, oral and graphic forms

H8 uses planning and review strategies to conduct ethical social and cultural research that is appropriate for tasks ranging from the simple to the complexH9 applies complex course language and concepts appropriate for a range of audiences and contexts

Links to Syllabus The lesson activities, will guide students to be able to:

  • Select methods appropriate to the research proposal and apply these to the topic






























Activity 1


















Activity 2

Students are required to use a variety or methodologies provided. The following should be considered:

  • Primary Research Methodologies

Students are required to gain personal involvement with real people, not individuals described in books or journals.

  • Social Research Methodologies

Students need to face ethical issues and an important one that you will encounter is privacy knowledge and consent.

Short response based on the ethical concerns needs to be taking into consideration for each methodology to be carried out.

Self-completion questionnaires: A series of questions that the respondent answers on their own. Self-completion questionnaires are good for collecting data on relatively simple topics, and for gaining a general overview of an issue. Questionnaires need to have clear questions, an easy to follow design, and not be too long.

Structured Interviews: Similar to a self-completion questionnaire, except that the questions that are asked by an interviewer to the interviewee. The same questions are read out in the same way to all respondents.

Structured Observations: Watching people and recording their behavior. Prior to the observation, an observation schedule will be produced which details what exactly the researcher should look for and how those observations should be recorded.

Interview – Through interviews you can explore issues at length through a number of people which allows time to explore various issues.

Case Study: A case study involves a deep understanding through multiple types of data sources which can be explanatory, exploratory, or describing an event.

Experiments: Introduction of change in person’s living environment (e.g  different living routine) or different forms of interactions (e.g. physical contact, conversations or interaction time)

Surveys: Involves collecting information by means of questionnaires but also other techniques such as telephoning and interviews.

Research methods – Types of research – Understanding dementia research – Research – Alzheimer Europe

Content analysis: Analyzing, evaluating and interpreting written and visual material. (secondary research)


In this activity students are to use the Methodologies mentioned and select one or more and explain how they will use the methodology chosen by following the key questions.


  • Does your choice of data gathered required to answer your question already exist or will you have to generate your own information?


  • Have you combine quantitative with qualitative methods? e.g. a survey which includes interviews or a case study that looks at a situation from numerous angles.


  • What factors may limit the scope of your research? (time, resources, etc.)


  • Which method(s) best suit the questions and time you have available to do this study?


  • Does your project have clear links between theory and practice?




Students are to complete the quiz using the link provided as a form of a in class assessment to assess students learning of the Research methodologies.

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