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There are 7 lessons in this course:

 

1.Determining Research Needs
Introduction
Identifying research needs
The research goal
The research question
Other questions to clarify the research goal
Sources of information
What information is required
Depth and bredth of data
Constraining factors: time, resources
 

2.Searching For Information
Kind of exploratory research
Primary data research
Literary reviews
Research objectives
 

3.Research Methods
Research terminology
Experimentation
A controlled environment
Other field trial considerations
Steps in collection and analysis of data
Setting up a comparison trial
Running the trial
Evaluating the trial
Interviewing skills
Procedure
Asking questions
Types of questions
Ways of handling difficult questions
 

4.Using Statistics
Introduction
Official statistics
Reasons for using statistics
Disadvantages of statistics
Issues to consider
Descriptive statistics
Observed and expected rates
Confidence intervals
Standardising
Conducting Statistical Research
Reliability of statistics
Presenting statistics: pie charts, bar charts, histograms
Descriptive statistics: mean, median, mode, variation, standard deviation, etc
Correlation, Probability
 

5.Research Reports
Collecting quantitative data
Conducting a survey
Procedure for designing a survey
Forms of data
Planning a formal survey
Designing a questionnaire
Common problems
 

6.Research Reporting
Report writing tips
Structure of a report
The report outline
Research papers
Referencing
 

7.Reporting On A Research Project
A practical project involving construction of a proper research report
 

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


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