Research Methodology

What is research? Depending on who you ask, you will likely get very different answers to this seemingly innocuous question. Some people will say that they routinely research different online

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What's Included

  • 4 Lectures
  • Access on tablet and phone
  • Certificate of completion

What you'll learn

  • To locate, analyse and synthesise information about the diversity of research approaches
  • Develop an ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions to research problems
  • Develop teamwork, and interpersonal skills in negotiating research programs via use of problem solving and critical thinking exercises in research case studies
  • Critically evaluate the efficacy of virtual means of delivering or developing research strategies
  • Encourage and develop skills that will enhance the fulfilment of ongoing and continuous learning and intellectual curiosity via independent learning exercises
  • Demonstrate, by use of role model examples, how research can help support leadership and better decision making within the community and in the public and private sectors
  • Develop an understanding of cross cultural contexts and the nuances/implications of cross cultural research

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4 Lectures

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Introduction to Research Methodology 1 Lectures
Proposal Development Process 1 Lectures
Process in Conducting Reasearch 1 Lectures
Ethics in Research 1 Lectures

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  • Computer
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Description

Research methodology simply refers to the practical “how” of any given piece of research. More specifically, it’s about how a researcher systematically designs a study to ensure valid and reliable results that address the research aims and objectives. 

 For example, how did the researcher go about deciding: 

  • What data to collect (and what data to ignore)
  • Who to collect it from (in research, this is called “sampling design”)
  • How to collect it (this is called “data collection methods”)
  • How to analyse it (this is called “data analysis methods”) 

In a dissertation, thesis, academic journal article (or pretty much any formal piece of research), you’ll find a research methodology chapter (or section) which covers the aspects mentioned above. Importantly, a good methodology chapter in a dissertation or thesis explains not just what methodological choices were made, but also explains why they were made.

In other words, the methodology chapter should justify the design choices, by showing that the chosen methods and techniques are the best fit for the research aims and objectives, and will provide valid and reliable results. A good research methodology provides scientifically sound findings, whereas a poor methodology doesn’t. We’ll look at the main design choices below.

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