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Complexity in Research

Complexity in Research

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Complex nature of research methods
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NEU FACULTY OF ENGINEERINGDEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERINGA PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMPLEXITY IN RESEARCHPREPARED FOR: ME 501 SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH METHODS COURSE.PREPARED BY: Osude BenedictMAY 5, 2011.
 
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This term paper is centered on the complex nature of research. But we cannot have a clearunderstanding of this complexity without thoroughly reviewing the various processes that makeup research itself.Research methodology is not just a list of processes coming after each other in a successive orderbut rather it’s like a programing language in which the processes are in a consequential order;that is each process comes as a result of the preceding process.
 Introduction
The Encarta dictionary defines complexity as the condition of being made up of manyinterrelated parts. Research on the other hand is simply an organized study; that is a methodicalinvestigation into a subject in order to discover facts to establish or revise a theory, or to developa plan of action based on the facts discovered.Research is said to be methodical because it is a process broken up into many steps that lead to aconclusion. That said; complexity in research can be seen to be the characteristics of a researchprocess to be made up of many parts in an intricate arrangement.
Methods
The search for information’s for this term paper started off with internet-based information to geta general understanding of the subject. Keeping in mind that the web is an open source and everypiece of information there isn’t necessarily true, I weighed the information from the web againstthe ones published in a text. Then, I made my own assessment after a thorough understanding of the subject.
 
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Where marks a reversible process
Flow chart of the research process
As the saying goes; a picture is worth a thousand words. Merely looking at the figure above, wecan have a basic understanding of the complex nature of the research process.The research process consists of a number of interrelated parts that overlap continuously ratherthan follow a strictly defined sequence, and the first step determines the nature of the last step tobe undertaken. The various steps involved in a research process are not mutually exclusive, thatis; they do not necessarily follow each other in any specific order and the researcher has to beconstantly anticipating at each step in the research process the requirements of the subsequentsteps.
 
Devising the research problem:There are two steps involved in devising a research problem; the first is to understand theproblem thoroughly and the best way of going ahead with this is to discuss it with either interestgroups or people having some sort of expertise in the subject, and secondly rephrasing the sameproblem into meaningful terms. The first step is the most important. The problem to beinvestigated must be defined unambiguously because it will help separating relevant facts fromthe irrelevant ones. Finally, it is worth noting that the statement of the objective is of the utmost
 
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