RESEARCH METHODOLOGY & RESEARCH METHODS

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RESEARCH METHODOLOGY & RESEARCH METHODS: QUANTITATIVE, QUALITATIVE METHODS & DISSERTATION PROTOCOLS

The course provides a clear understanding on how to undertake research as well as highlighting the realities of undertaking research. The course guides to the research process and with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake a piece of research from thinking of a research topic to writing your dissertation. The course introduces to a range of approaches, strategies and methods with enables you to make an informed choice about the most suitable to your own research project and be able to justify this choice.

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The aim of the social sciences is to understand the world as it is made by human beings, the structures and institutions they produce, and the actions they take within those structures.  The basic architecture of the social sciences is therefore that of a debate, in which researchers try to come up with better logical constructions of arguments, more accurate data, or a combination of the two.

 

Broadly defined, the purpose of research is to answer questions and acquire new knowledge. Research is the primary tool used in virtually all areas of studies to expand the frontiers of knowledge. It is one of the ways of collecting accurate, sound and reliable information about the effectiveness of the interventions, thereby providing the researcher with evidence of its effectiveness. Among other things, by conducting research, researchers attempt to reduce the complexity of problems, discover the relationship between seemingly unrelated events, and ultimately improve the way we live.

 

As a researcher, we use techniques and procedures developed by research methodologists to consolidate, improve, develop, refine and advance aspects of our practice to serve our stakeholders in a better way.

 

Research Methodology for Social Science explains different research methodologies available and can be used for conducting research in various areas of public administrations. A comprehensive knowledge about research methods are covered in the course that are available for conducting research is essential.

Overview

Curriculum

The course is broadly divided into two modules, viz. Module I deals with Research Methodology and Module II deals with fundamental  tools as Research Methods. The broad topics are

  • Identifying the problem statement
  • Formulation the research problem
  • Conduct the literature review
  • Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research
  • Identifying the Research Design
  • Formulation of the Research Questions
  • Data measurement and levels
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Measures of Central Tendencies and Dispersion
  • Formulating and Testing of Hypothesis for Estimation
  • Format of Citations and References (APA format)
  • Dissertation writing and presentation
Session Number Topic Readings
1 ·         Definition and various aspects of Research Process ·         Essential Readings
2 ·         Review and Recap

·         Conducting Literature Review

·         Essential Readings

·         Case Study

3 ·         Review and Recap

·         Research Strategies and research tools

·         Essential Readings

·         Case Study

4-5 ·         Review and Recap

·         Research Process

·         Essential Readings

·         Case Study

6 ·         Review and Recap

·         Hypotheses formulation

·         Essential Readings

·         Case Study

7 ·         Review and Recap

·         Sampling Techniques ( Random and Non- Random)

·         Essential Readings

·         Case Study

8 ·         Review and Recap

·         Quantitative Research Methods

·         Essential Readings

·         Case Study

9 ·         Review and Recap

·         Qualitative Research Methods

·         Essential Readings

·         Case Study

10 ·         Review and Recap

·         Dissertation Protocols

·         Essential Readings

Faculty Contact

Dr. Roma Debnath