Courses Catalogue

Research Methods

COURSE CODE: UCC2102
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

TOPIC

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Introduction to Research Methods

  • Definition of Research
  • Characteristics of research
  • Activities of Research
  • Importance of Research
  • Applied and Basic Researches
  • Major methods of Data Collection: Qualitative; Quantitative

 

6

Variables in Environmental studies

  • Variables and Attributes
  • Examples of the above in relation to environmental issues

 

6

Identification of Research process

  • Identifying methods in research process
  • Statement of Problem
  • Generating Hypothesis or formulating research questions
  • Review of literatures (Collection of summary of relevant studies on the topic)
  • Measurements (operationalization of concepts)
  • Sample Selection
  • Data Analysis

 

6

Definition and Identification of terms in Research Proposals and thesis

  • Justification of Research
  • Research questions
  • Hypothesis
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Conceptual Framework

 

9

Population and Sample

  • Population
  • Sample
  • Sample Size

 

3

Sampling Techniques and Data Collection Methods

  • Sampling Techniques

                                i.            Probability sampling Techniques

                              ii.            Non Probability Sampling Techniques

  • Data Collection Methods

                                i.            Interview

                              ii.            Questionnaire

                            iii.            Observation

                            iv.            Focus Group Discussion

                              v.            Ethnography, Case Studies,  Oral History

                            vi.            Document and Records

 

9

Data Analysis

  • Methods of analyzing qualitative Research
  • Methods of analyzing quantitative Research

 

6

Data Presentation

  • Frequency table
  • Graphical representation
  • Bar Chart
  • Histogram
  • Line graph etc.

 

6

Research Reporting and Scientific Writings

  • Plagiarism
  • Paraphrasing
  • What to mind in Academic Writings
  • Avoiding Bias
  • Referencing

9

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Hands-on work in the industry

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

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