Teaching UnitMethodological

Coefficient: 2

Credit: 4

Level: Third Year


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This course provides in-depth information as to the methods of research

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course students will be able to:

·         adopt a research approach in accordance with the research speciality

·         identify the different sampling methods

·         be acquainted with the different research tools and develop a skill as to their use



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.

Malliman, 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.


Course Content
First Semester
The research methodology course for the third year encompasses the following themes:



1.      Research Approaches


·         Quantitative approach

·         Qualitative approach

·         Mixed method


2.      Sampling and Population


·         Samples and sampling

·         Samples and populations

·         Types of sampling (random/nonrandom sampling, convenience sampling, purposive sampling)

·         Sample design

·         Sample errors


3.      Data Validity and Reliability


·         What is validity

·         Types of validity

·         What is reliability

·         Types of reliability

·         T-Test


End of Semester I
Second Semester

4.Research Tools


·         Questionnaire

·         Interview

·         Observation

·         Focus groups

·          Test


5.Data Collection/ Interpretation/ Analysis


·         How to interpret data

·         How to infer

·         How to evaluate



End of Semester II
Assessment and Evaluation
Continuous Assessment

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