Courses Catalogue

Research Methods

COURSE CODE: UCC 7100
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Project Planning and Management, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Content and Outline

PART I Research Concepts 

Introduction and essential information (typology of research) (2 hours)

  • 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 (4 hours)

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

The Research Problem (3 hours)

  • Sources 
  • How to formulate 
  • Main types of variables:Independent, Dependent, Extraneous, Intervening, and Confounding
  • Other types of variables:Continuous, Dichotomous, Categorical, Discrete, Active, Dichotomous and Attribute

Measures for the research variables (Research Instrument) (5 hours)

  • 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     (5 hours)

  • Standardized 
  • Researcher devised 

Hypothesis 

  • Alternative (directional, non-directional)
  • Null

Research designs 

  • Experimental 
  • Non-experimental 

Sampling procedures (3 hours)

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

Ethical context of research (2 hours)

  • 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 worksheets     (3 hours)

  • 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     (6 hours)

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

Part 4: Computer Applications in Research I     (3 hours)

  • Introduction to SPSS 
  • SPSS and Descriptive Statistics

Part 5: Computer Applications in Research II     (6 hours)

  • SPSS and correlation analysis
  • SPSS and regression analysis (Multiple and logistic)

Part 6: Online Literature search engines and literature citation     (3hours)

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Practical exercises
  • Debates
  • Presentations

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors