The aim of this unit of study is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the statistical skills acquired throughout their course in undertaking a research project, also assisting students to develop consulting skills for dealing with clients who ask for statistical help. They will gain an understanding of the ethical issues involved in conducting human research and the steps necessary to obtain ethical approval.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Formulate hypotheses to address the research question
  • Create an appropriate literature review to address the research question
  • Choose between different data collection strategies and research designs in a specific research/consulting context
  • Design a research proposal in a particular context
  • Critically evaluate research process and data synthesis
  • Formulate a startegy for the dissemination of research outcomes

Teaching methods

Hawthorn Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
1.00 12 weeks 12
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
11.50 12 weeks 138


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 40% 
Assignment 2Individual 40% 1,3,4,5,6 
Oral PresentationIndividual 20% 1,3,4,5,6 


  • Objectives of statistical consulting and collaborations
  • Professional behaviour and ethical issues in research 
  • Reviewing literature and conducting a meta analysis
  • Formulation of research questions and hypotheses
  • Designing research studies (e.g. Complex Sample Survey Design) 
  • Project management and implementation (e.g. Statistical Quality Control)
  • Choosing appropriate statistical methods (e.g. Scale Development, Time Series Analysis, Bayesian Analysis)
  • Writing research proposals and ethics applications
  • Graduate Attribute – Communication Skills: Verbal communication
  • Graduate Attribute – Communication Skills: Communicating using different media
  • Graduate Attribute – Digital Literacies: Information literacy
  • Graduate Attribute – Digital Literacies: Technical literacy

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.