Courses Catalogue

Advanced Research Methods

COURSE CODE: UCC 9003
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Doctor of philosophy of development studies programme
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course adopts a hands-on practical approach to equip students with knowledge on and capacity to use various qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques. Several simulation exercises are undertaken in the course to enable students develop and effectively apply research designs that are appropriate to their respective research interests. In addition to class attendance, class participation, and displaying familiarity with the assigned reading material, students will be required to do the following:

  • Journal: Each student will keep a journal in which they note emerging issues in workplace or community health promotion from journals, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, the Internet or any other media. Entries of approximately one paragraph; twelve to fifteen entries required by the end of term. Be prepared to tell us something in class - we will have a brief period for "scanning hits" in most classes.
  • Review: A review of a relevant article in a professional journal of approximately 2-3 pages; also to be summarized in class, with an accompanying one-page, bullet-point handout highlighting key ideas.
  • Individual Project:  Each student will write a term paper and present it for 10 minutes in class.
  • Final Exam:  The final exam is a comprehensive exam and will highlight the course goals and objectives.
  • Research Writing: Students will be required to write a research paper as the major course project. A topic will be selected by the student, and and the student will be required to describee the appropriate methods and techniques for addressing the research problem. The date for the submission of the proposal will be announced by the course convener.

 

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Define terms and concepts related to research;
  • Describe the types/forms of research and research designs;
  • Use basic statistics and data analysis techniques in a wide range of situations;
  • Develop research projects that create solutions for different challenges that affect development;
  • Work with various persons to raise their awareness on related research based findings through an effective dissemination process.
  • Differentiate between academic and consultative writing; and
  • Describe the components of a research proposal and report/dissertation.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students of this course are expected to understand define the various terms and concepts related to research; the types/forms of research and research designs; use statistics and data analysis techniques in a wide range of situations; and develop research projects that create solutions for different challenges that affect development. Students should also be able to write a PhD dissertation using appropriate research methods whilst respecting the ethics of research.