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Module Title: Research Methodology
2. Module Description
The general goal of this basic research module is to introduce and develop the skills needed to conceptualise a problem, make use of available literature, design a research strategy, evaluate, organize, and integrate relevant data (both existing and new), derive useful solutions based on knowledge, and communicate those solutions to clients and colleagues. It is expected that the attainment of this goal will serve to prepare students to continue their own professional education, contribute to the development of the profession as a whole, and maintain their service to clients at a standard commensurate with the current level of knowledge.
The module surveys the basic processes of research methodology as practiced in the social sciences. Underlying principles of science and logic are emphasized and special attention is directed toward the recognition of common sources of error and bias in the implementation and interpretation of research studies as it affects the outcomes of research utilization. Students will be better able to recognize the impact of race, gender, age, and sexual orientation on the research process
3. Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the module the students will be able to:
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understand the scientific process, its application in the social sciences, and its utilisation in the problem-solving approach to social work practice demonstrate the skills necessary to assess and interpret of existing research as a prelude to carrying out further investigation. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of research designs and their appropriate utilisation by social workers. conceptualise a problem; formulate hypotheses and objectives; design a research strategy, collecting, analysing, and interpreting both quantitative and qualitative data, including commonly encountered statistical procedures. understand the theoretical principles underlying inferential statistics understand and use descriptive statistics analyse datasets appropriately using SPSS. integrate the findings of existing research to ask a new research question write a formal written research proposal engage in critical thinking when reading and comprehending research articles choose the most appropriate statistical analyses, interpret the results, and write up the results accurately and completely. demonstrate skills in evaluating, designing, conducting, and managing applied research studies.
4. Indicative Content
(2005) Applied Social Research: Tool for the Human Services.y y y y y y y y y y y the nature and types of research (e. experimental. ex post facto.J. descriptive. and Dejong. 5. 7.) problem identification and research question/hypothesis generation the use of library resources and the review of the related literature research design and planning research in an ethical manner (protection of human subjects) strategies to enhance the validity of qualitative and quantitative designs descriptive statistics and graphical presentations measurement issues including reliability and validity procedures for planning qualitative and quantitative research studies procedures for collecting and analyzing data for qualitative and quantitative research studies introduction to statistical inference and hypothesis testing introduction to the computer as a research tool. C. 6. FL: Harcourt Brace College Publishers . y y Assignment Closed book examination 30% 70% The closed book examination will be of two hours duration. case analysis. seminars.g. Sullivan. Concise Indicative Reading List: Research Methodology Core Texts: Bryman and Bell (2007) Business Research Methods (2nd edn) Oxford University Press Hart C (1998) Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination. including lectures. London: Sage Monette D. (6th edn) Orlando. correlation. teamwork and extensive student self-managed research.R. Assessment The formal assessment of this course will be conducted through one assignment and a closed book examination.. qualitative. Delivery A variety of teaching approaches is used. T.R.
J and Johnson. it should present a schematic model of your proposed research. Pitman Easterby-Smith. describe your research methodology. and the planned analyses of the data. (2002) Research Methods for Managers.Remenyi. P. Thornhill. In addition to the literature review. Skills for Mastering Management. Half of this should be devoted to your literature review. S (2007) The MBA Handbook. Williams & A. Swartz (2005) Doing Research in Business and Management: An Introduction to Process and Method. Money & E. D.000 words in length. Sage Saunders. (3d edn)Paul Chapman Research Methodology Assignment: Prepare a Research Proposal that sets out the work that you will do for your MBA Dissertation. & B. M et al (2008) Management Research. (5th edn)Pearson Education Recommended Reading: Cameron. (3d edn) Sage Gill. London. the access you have for carrying out the research. The Proposal should specify your research topic and the rational for choosing it. The Proposal should be 2. An Introduction. Lewis (2009) Research Methods for Business Students. A pass mark must be achieved as a prerequisite to semester.500 to 3. M. continuing on to the Dissertation in the 3rd .
in-depth interviews and other qualitative techniques Critical literature review Writing proposals and projects Basic analytical methods Selecting the appropriate research approach Writing up research projects . Qualitative or Quantitative methodologies depending upon the focus of your research.8. Lect ure Topics Introduction to Research Methodology 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Selecting a research topic Generating Research ideas Proposal development and management Fundamentals of research design Research focus and design Data collection and analysis Sampling design Primary data collection observations. Invest additional reading time to the areas pertaining to your research For example. Lecture Sequence Reading Plan For Your Research Plan to read through at least one of the research methods texts.