After completing this course, the students should be able to
- Identify researchable and relevant topics
- Formulate operationalized and measurable research questions
- Write clear, transparent and meaningful researcch questions on the basis of a solid literature review
- Critically evaluate the relevant earlier research and write a synthesis
- Identify the gaps in earlier research while doing the literature review
- Identify the relevant set and type of data needed to answer research questions
- Decide on the most appropriate research approach in line with the research questions
- Choose the most relevant data collection instruments and approaches
- Evaluate various research paradigms (quantitative or qualitative) and choose the relevant approach
- Develop a solid understanding of various data collection techniques and approaches
- Purposefully and accurately analyse research data with appropriate techniques (quantitative or qualitative)
- Evaluate research outcomes in a meaningful and methodical manner
- Synthesize research findings and write a research paper
Tutorial Information Literacy
As part of this course, you are required to complete the online library tutorial ‘Information Literacy Level 1’. The tutorial is intended for new premaster students (Bachelor students take the Information Literacy Tutorial as part of the course Thinking about Science), and consists of five modules in which you will learn:
- how to recognize scientific information;
- how to effectively search for literature;
- how to use the catalog; and
- how to search in a number of important library databases for the humanities.
Each module ends with a five-question multiple-choice test. Your total score will be recorded by the library and sent to your lecturer.
The tutorial will cost you approximately 4 hours to work through. You can find it in Blackboard.
In Blackboard, click on the My University tab, then click on Library & IT Services. You’ll see 6 tutorials Information Literacy. Choose the tutorial for your School.
Doing Research: Methodology
The course aims at developing practical research skills in students. Having completed Doing Research: Methodology, the students identify research issues that are socially and culturally relevant. Students examine various theories, paradigms and perspectives to link them with real life research issues. They are introduced with various facets of research design including, writing research questions, doing literature review, choosing the right methodological approach and data collection instruments, as well as analysis and reporting of the data. In this hands-on and practical research skills course, students need to design their own research from the stage of asking meaningful and measurable research questions to making reliable analyses, on the basis of which they can write their research papers.|
Students will develop their research skills in four consequent stages:
1) Preparation of research by reflecting on various aspects of research design, such as asking measurable research questions and hypotheses; review of the literature; deciding on the right methods and approaches; sampling and writing the research proposal.
2) Data collection stage includes the development of skills in deciding on the relevant data collection instruments, such as surveys, interviews, document analysis and so on.
3) The third stage deals with data analysis including quantitative and qualitative techniques such as statistical analyses, thematic analyses and analytical techniques such as narrative analysis, discourse analysis, content analysis and grounded theory.
4) The fourth stage deals with data presentation and dissemination by writing of research papers (and or Theses).
Students work with a number of researchers experienced in using various techniques and approaches so that they derive the maximum benefit from their learning experiences. In the end of the course, all students will be able to write their term papers on the basis of empirical evidence.
- Matthews, B. & Ross, L., Research Methods: A practical guide for the social sciences., Pearson Education, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4058-5850-2.