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Social Research Skills for Industry Professionals

Time limit: 45 days
10 credits

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Full course description

Learn to conduct a needs assessment or evaluate your organisation's programs or policies.

Do you know whether your organisation is making an impact, whether your services are needed?

In this course you will learn the basics of how to design and conduct social research for needs assessments and evaluate the success of your organisation's initiatives, programs and policies. Social research can inform whether a program is working or not, how clients are responding, and ways to improve it.

During the course, you will develop key research skills including developing research questions and hypotheses, conducting interviews, focus groups and observations, and report writing.

You'll be able to apply your learning to any setting where you need to evaluate success or failure, or where community consultation is required. For example, a mining company may wish to determine worker preference for FIFO or local residential living, an NGO may need to demonstrate the value of a program for assisting those at risk of homelessness, or a local council may seek to understand community concerns about a proposed road development. Only social research can answer these questions. The applications are endless.

Who is this credential for?


This credential is particularly suitable for:

  • any professional wanting to undertake social research for their organisation.


What you will learn


By completing this credential you will learn to:

  • conduct basic social research.
  • develop skills in interviewing, observation, data collection, critical analysis, presentation and report writing.
  • design a real-world research project and communicate your findings through a presentation.



To successfully complete this credential, you are required to pass a final assessment.


Meet your facilitators


Professor Farida Fozdar
Professor Farida Fozdar

School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

Farida Fozdar is a Professor of Sociology and Dean of Global Futures at Curtin University. She is an expert in social research into issues of social inclusion, migration, diversity, multiculturalism and nationalism in Australia. She has received over $3 million in funding for social research.

Farida works closely with the NGO, private and public sectors to ensure research and teaching is relevant to the real world.

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Earn a badge


Once you successfully complete and pass the final assessment, you'll earn a digital badge that is instantly shareable to your social networks (including LinkedIn) which showcases your new skills and knowledge mastery.

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This credential provides foundation knowledge in a discipline and doesn't require previous knowledge.

You will also earn 10 credit points which are in line with Australian Qualification Framework Level 8 criteria, ensuring comprehensive theoretical and/or technical knowledge of the credential. 100 credit points are required to earn a Graduate Certificate at Curtin.


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Curtin Credentials focus on five themes, which have been carefully curated based on what's most relevant and valuable to professionals today, and in the future. This credential fits within the following theme:

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Contact us


For more information on this, or any other questions about Curtin Credentials, email us at or call Curtin Connect at 1300 222 888.


*Curtin may cancel or reschedule a credential at any time and for any reason as it sees fit. The Start Date and the other details of this credentials are provided as a general guide only and may change from time to time.

✝This credential involves 60 hours of online resources, readings, activities and assessments. However to pass and earn 10 credit points, you may need to commit further time.

^A mix of online and face-to-face learning.

§Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

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Duration: 60 hours

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Delivery Mode: Blended^

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Price: $825 GST excl.§

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