Courses Catalogue

Research Methods

COURSE CODE: UCC7100
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Public Administration, PGD
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

A core element of every postgraduate course is focused on developing in students the capacity to design and undertake scholarly research to internationally publishable standards. This course is justified by the fundamental need to equip students with knowledge and capacity on various research methods and techniques. 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.

COURSE OBJECTIVE(S)
The objective of the course is to equip students with the ability to:

  • Differentiate between various types of research.
  • Identify research gaps, design research studies and appropriately undertake data collection and analyses 
  • Write a Masters project / dissertation using appropriate research methods whilst respecting the ethics of research

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Differentiate between a project and a thesis
  • Differentiate between various types of research
  • Write a proposal for a specific research problem of interest to the student
  • Write a Masters project / dissertation using appropriate research methods whilst respecting the ethics of research