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IA5012 - Interpreting Research

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Available to all postgraduate students.

This subject focuses on the analysis and interpretation of qualitative data within Indigenous research. It takes into account theories that assist in the construction of meaning for data from Indigenous contexts. Topics include data analysis, theory and analysis, coding, interpretation of data, and writing up research findings. Students will be introduced to issues and notions through online learning including the discussion board and e-mail, digital medium and reading materials. Therefore it is essential that students have access to the internet to complete this subject. There is a compulsory 2 day workshop to be held at the JCU Townsville Campus August 6-7, 2012.

Learning Outcomes

  • code and create themes from qualitative data collected from Indigenous contexts or about Indigenous issues;
  • critically analyse themes in a meaningful sequence for the report or thesis;
  • apply current theories to assist in data interpretation.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching 06-Aug-2012 to 07-Aug-2012 (2 day workshop)
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Felecia Watkin
Lecturers: Professor Sue McGinty, Assoc. Professor Felecia Watkin.
Assessment: presentations (30%); assignments (50%); written reflective critique to be undertaken during the on campus workshop (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.