Courses Catalogue

Research Methods

COURSE CODE: UCC2102
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Arts (Primary), B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Introduction (5 Hours)

  • What is research?
  • Introduction
  • Why do we do research?
  • How do we classify research?
  • The Research Problem
  • Theoretical / practical significance
  • Research Variables
  • The Research Process
  • Types of hypotheses
  • Delimitation of the problem: the scope
  • Justification and significance

Reviewing Literature Pertaining a Research (3 Hours)

  • Introduction
  • Sources of Literature Review
  • Importance of Literature Review
  • Uses of literature review from conceptual viewpoints
  • Review in the Conceptual Perspective of a study
  • Use of review from contextual perspective of a study

Review of Literature from the methodological view-point (4 Hours)

  • Introduction
  • Research Design
  • Population, Sample Methodology and Sample Size
  • Instrumentations Used
  • Method of Data Analysis

Qualitative Research Designs (4 Hours)

  • Introduction
  • Observations
  • Uses of Observations
  • Preparation for observation
  • Definition of aims and objectives
  • Observation types
  • Advantages and disadvantages of observations
  • Documentation (3 Hours)
  • The interview
  • Nature and Uses
  • Preparing for Interview
  • Conducting the Interview
  • Types of interviews
  • Advantages and disadvantages of interviews

Discussion groups (3 Hours)

  • Setting up discussion groups
  • Recruitment/selection of participants
  • Guidelines for conducting group discussions
  • Advantages and disadvantages of group discussion

Case studies (3 Hours)

  • Case study as a scientific technique
  • Different scenarios in case studies
  • Advantages and disadvantages of case studies

Field studies (3 Hours)

  • The nature of field studies
  • Purpose of field studies
  • Steps in field studies
  • Problems in field studies
  • Advantages and disadvantages of field studies

Quantitative Designs (3 Hours)

  • Introduction
  • Categorization of quantitative designs
  • Correlation designs
  • Experimental research methods
  • Causal designs
  • Sample

Sampling Methodology (3 Hours)

  • Sampling
  • Advantages and disadvantages of sampling
  • Problems of sampling
  • Calculations of sample size

Research Instruments (3 Hours)

  • Introduction
  • Research and evaluation
  • Achievement tests
  • The questionnaire
  • Open and closed ended questions
  • The different components of the questionnaire

The Validity and Reliability of Research Instruments (3 Hours)

  • Introduction
  • Types of and procedures for establishing validity
  • Steps in establishing predictive validity
  • Factors that affect reliability

Preparing, Presenting and Summarizing Data (3 Hours)

  • Introduction
  • Handling documentary data
  • Main problem of preparing data for analysis
  • Qualitative data analysis

Academic Writing (3 Hours)

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