STA630 : Research Methods

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course prepares the participants to analyze varying situations in a systematic, logical, and scientific manner. Students will learn the complete process to conduct research by using different research methodologies. This course covers all the important aspects of research i-e different kinds of research, sampling techniques, focus groups, interviews etc. It develops critical thinking process enabling the participants to analyze the quantitative and qualitative data and draw meaningful conclusions for sound decision making. Students will learn to interpret data by using different statistical software. Students will also learn how to write thesis, research proposal and research report.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Sharpen your analytical skills based on objective and pragmatic investigation of a situation
  • Develop your own understanding of the research concerns relating to the general public or relating to the management of their place of work as well as to their clients
  • Develop your ability to convert their research concerns into research problem in a clear, objective, and pragmatic manner
  • Prepare a road map or a blueprint of the research, making an appropriate use of various research methodologies and tools learn in this course
  • Conduct the research by following the complete research process
  • Develop your ability to use statistical software for data interpretation like SPSS etc.

Course Calendar

Introduction, Definition & Value of Research1Handouts1-3
Scientific Method of Research & Its Special Features2Handouts4-6
Classification of Research3Handouts7-12
Theory and Research4Handouts13-17
Variables and Types of Variables6Handouts21-23
Hypothesis Testing and Characteristics7Handouts24-27
Review of Literature8Handouts28-29
Quiz 1
Conducting a Systematic Literature Review9Handouts30-31
Theoretical Framework10Handouts32-34
Problem Definition & Research Proposal11Handouts35-37
The Research Process12Handouts38-42
Ethical Issues in Research13Handouts43-44
Ethical Issues in Research (Continued)14Handouts45-47
Measurement of Concepts15Handouts48-51
Measurement of Concepts (Continued)16Handouts52-53
Measurement of Concepts (Continued)17Handouts54-56
Criteria for Good Measurement18Handouts57-60
Research Design19Handouts61-64
Survey Research20Handouts65-69
Quiz 2
Intercept Interviews in Malls and other high-traffic area21Handouts70-73
Self-Administered Questionnaire22Handouts74-77
Mid Term Exams
Tools for Data Collection23Handouts78-80
Pilot Testing of the Questionnaire24Handouts81-82
Sample & Sampling Terminology26Handouts88-90
Probability & Non-Probability Sampling27Handouts91-93
Types of Probability Sampling28Handouts94-97
Data Analysis29Handouts98-101
Data Transformation30Handouts102-104
Data Presentation31Handouts105-107
The Parts of the Table32Handouts108-112
Experimental Research33Handouts113-117
Experimental Research (cont.)34Handouts118-121
Experimental Research (Continued)35Handouts122-125
Use of Secondary Data37Handouts131-135
Qualitative Research: Observation Studies/Field Research38Handouts136-138
Observational Studies (Contd.)39Handouts139-144
Historical Comparative Research40Handouts145-149
Historical Comparative Research (Continued)41Handouts150-154
Focus Group Discussion42Handouts155-157
Quiz 3
Focus Group Discussion (Cont.)43Handouts158-161
Report Writing44Handouts162-166
Final Term Exams
*This course calendar is tentative and may subject to change
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