Research Techniques Syllabus
|Level: First Year
|The number of Teaching Hours:
|This course is an introduction to research methodology that provides learners with basic concepts related to academic research.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
· differentiate academic research from the mere data gathering
· select an appropriate research topic
· undertake academic research bearing in mind the literature gap
· develop an aptitude as to the formulation of the research problem, the research questions, and the hypotheses
An introduction to research and research methods. Available at: https://www.unrwa.org/sites/default/files/introduction-to-research-and-research-methods.pdf
Bazeley, P. (2013). Qualitative data analysis: Practical strategies. New York, NY: SAGE.
Best, J. W., & Kahn, J. V. (1986). Research in education (5thed). New Delhi: Prentice-Hall of India Pvt, Ltd.Available at: https://ww2.odu.edu/~jritz/attachments/reined.pdf
Kothari, C. R. (2004). Research methodology: Methods and techniques (2nded). New Age International Ltd, Publishers.
Milliman, N. research methods the basics. Available at: https://edisciplinas.usp.br/pluginfile.php/2317618/mod_resource/content/1/BLOCO%202_Research%20Methods%20The%20Basics.pdf
Research &consultation guidelines. Available at: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/community/yoursay/questionnaires.pdf
Vagner, K. W. (2007). Introduction to research methods.Available at: http://psychology.about.com/od/researchmethods/ss/ expdesintro.htm. Available at: https://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=14&n=13
The research methodology course for first-year students comprises five themes stated below:
o What is academic research?
o Characteristics of academic Research
o Types of academic research: basic/applied; non-experimental (historical, descriptive, correlational), experimental
o Need behind research
o Significance of research/motivation
2.Research Process (steps)
o Identification of the research problem/hypothesis
o Designing the research framework
o Review of the literature
o Data collection
o Data analysis
o How to choose a research topic
o Narrow/broad topics
|End of Semester I
|4.The Research Problem
o What is a research problem?
o Types of research problems
o The literature gap
o The research variables
o Formulation of the research problem (thesis statement)
o The research question
o Examples of Good and bad research questions
5.The Research Hypothesis
o What is the research hypothesis?
o Types of hypotheses
o Examples of Good and bad hypotheses
|End of Semester II
|Assessment and Evaluation|
|Continuous Assessment (50%)
ü Two in-class assignments graded each upon 7 pts, and a grade for discipline (6 pts)
ü Assignments should take into consideration the practical aspect, not the theoretical side
ü Instruction and evaluation ought to target a vivid-like context