Courses Catalogue

Research Methods

COURSE CODE: UCC7100
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 0
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Human Resource Management, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Economics and Management
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

PART I Research Concepts

Introduction and essential information (typology of research)

  • Generation of knowledge through research
  • Definition of research
  • Reasons for conducting research
  • Essential information related to research as to:
    • Purposes
    • Methods
    • Settings
  • Roles of the researcher

The Research Process

  • Conceptual phase
  • Design and planning phase
  • Empirical phase
  • Analytic phase
  • Dissemination phase

The Research Problem

·         Sources

·         How to formulate

Variables

  • Main types
  • Independent
  • Dependent
  • Extraneous
  • Intervening
  • Confounding

Other types

Continuous              Dichotomous            Categorical

Discrete                  Discrete                            Active

Dichotomous Attribute                          

Measures for the research variables (Research Instrument)

  • Self report techniques
    • Questionnaire
    • Interview schedule/guide
    • Diaries
  • Observation
    • Logs
    • Field notes
    • Check list
    • Rating scales
  • Aids
    • Mechanical devices
    • Biophysiologic measures
  • Psychologic testing
    • Achievement test
    • Aptitude test
    • Personality inventories

Designing the research instrument

  • Standardized
  • Researcher devised

Hypothesis

  • Alternative (directional, non-directional)
  • Null

Research designs

  • Experimental
  • Non-experimental

Sampling procedures

  • Probability
  • Non-probability
  • Characteristics of a well written research paper
  • Conciseness
  • Clarity
  • Honesty
  • Completeness
  • Accuracy
  • Orderly
  • Logical

Ethical context of research

  • The principle of beneficence
  • The principle of respect for human dignity
  • The principle of justice
  • Vulnerable subjects


Threats to validity

  • History
  • Maturation
  • Testing
  • Instrumentation
  • Selection
  • Mortality

Part 2 Dills/ worksheets

  • How to develop research titles
  • Identifying the variables
  • Formulating research objectives and research questions
  • Stating the hypothesis
  • Determining research designs
  • Determining the appropriate sampling techniques

Part 3 Thesis writing and action research

  • Parts of the thesis proposal
  • Parts o the final thesis
  • Parts of the action research
  • Technicalities and style guide in thesis writing
  • Abstracting guide

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Documentaries

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes