STA630 : Research Methods

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Course Info

Course Category

Probability & Statistics

Course Level

Undergraduate

Credit Hours

3

Pre-requisites

MTH302, STA301

Instructor

Dr. Muhammad Anwar
Ph.D. in Sociology of Education & Educational Planning
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Course Contents

Introduction, Definition and Value of Research, Scientific Methods of Research and its Special Features, Classification of Research, How to select a topic for research? Theory and Research, Concepts, Variables and types of variables, Hypothesis Testing and Characteristics, Review of literature, Conducting a Systematic Literature Review, Theoretical Framework, Problem Definition and research Proposal, The Research Process, Ethical Issues in Research, Measurement of Concepts, Criteria for Good Measurement, Research Design, Survey research, Personal interviewing, Telephone interviewing, Intercept and interviews in malls and other high traffic areas, Self Administered Questionnaires, Tools for data collection, Guidelines for Questionnaire development, Pilot Testing of the questionnaire, Interviewing, Sample and Sampling terminology, Probability and non probability Sampling, Types of probability Sampling, Data Analysis, Data Transformation, Data presentation, The parts of the table, Experimental research, Non reactive research, Use of secondary data, Observation studies/ field research, Historical comparative research, Focus group discussion, Report writing, The Research report, Referencing, APA Format for referencing