STA630 : Research Methods

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course prepares the participants to analyze their work, social, local and global environment 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 also learn how to write thesis, research proposal and research report using APA format.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply analytical skills based on objective and pragmatic investigation of a situation.
  • Understanding of the research concerns relating to the general public or management issues in organizations.
  • Apply the research concerns into research problem in a clear, objective, and pragmatic manner.
  • Prepare a road map or blueprint for the research, integrating the various research approaches and tools learned in this course.
  • Justify the theoretical and methodological decisions, including sampling and measurement, in developing research proposal.

Course Calendar

1 Introduction, Definition & Value of Research
2 Scientific Method of Research & Its Special Features
3 Classification of Research
4 Theory and Research
5 Concepts
6 Variables and Types of Variables
7 Hypothesis Testing and Characteristics
8 Review of Literature
9 Conducting a Systematic Literature Review
10 Theoretical Framework
11 Problem Definition & Research Proposal
12 The Research Process
13 Ethical Issues in Research
Quiz 1
14 Ethical Issues in Research (Continued)
15 Measurement of Concepts
16 Measurement of Concepts (Continued)
17 Measurement of Concepts Continued
18 Criteria for Good Measurement
19 Research Design
20 Survey Research
21 Intercept Interviews in Malls and other high-traffic area
22 Self-Administered Questionnaire
23 Tools for Data Collection
Quiz 2
24 Pilot Testing of the Questionnaire
25 Interviewing
26 Sample & Sampling Terminology
Quiz 3
27 Probability & Non-Probability Sampling
28 Types of Probability Sampling
29 Data Analysis
30 Data Transformation
31 Data Presentation
32 The Parts of the Table
33 Experimental Research
34 Experimental Research (cont.)
35 Experimental Research (Continued)
37 Use of Secondary Data
38 Qualitative Research:Observation Studies/Field Research
39 Observational Studies (Contd.)
40 Historical Comparative Research
41 Historical Comparative Research (Continued)
42 Focus Group Discussion
43 Focus Group Discussion (Cont)
44 Report Writing
45 Referencing
46 Qualitative Techniques
47 Narrative Research
48 Phenomenology
49 Grounded Theory
50 Ethnographic Research
51 Case Study Research
52 The Five Approaches Compared
53 Data-Collection in Qualitative Research