Research Methods (RM095-4)
(Honours and Postgraduate research requirement)
Online, every semester
On successful completion of this unit, students will...
Know and understand
- The nature of research and related debates relating to its purpose, value, ethics, paradigms and epistemology.
- The research methods most often used in a candidate’s proposed field of research.
Be able to
- Identify a researchable topic and articulate the research question, or hypothesis being explored.
- Articulate the conceptualization underpinning the research proposal.
- Develop a research plan that demonstrates capacity to manage the research project.
Be in a position to
- Write a clearly set out research proposal that can be completed within the time allowable.
- Satisfactorily complete an Ethics Protocol where human subject participant is required.
- The philosophy of research
- The place and value of student research in higher education
- The purpose of research
- Epistemological issues in research
- Paradigms in research
- Integrity in research: awareness of ethical issues and honesty with evidence
- Issues of personal motivation for beginning and sustaining research
- The resources of research
- Resources in the college: staff, library, peer interaction
- Resources beyond the college: other researchers and research groups, internet, conferences and consultations.
- Learning to use the tools and access the sources for efficient research
- Qualitative and quantitative research: the importance of methodology
- Managing and reporting data: collection and maintenance
- Literature reviews: library and other electronic resources
- Administration of research
- The candidate-supervisor relationship
- Supervisor’s role and responsibilities
- Candidate’s role and responsibilities
- Compatibility, styles of supervisions and dispute resolution
- Risk in research
- Project Management
- Time path of research
- Sketching argument and structure
- Developing work programs
- Establishing a schedule for the production of written materials; parts of the whole paper of a thesis/project; accumulation of data from survey research; supervisor’s scrutiny of the parts and feedback
- Analysis and interpretation
- Handling evidence and data
- Research in the service of Christian ministries
- Research in ministry – design and practice
- Focus and production
- Formulating a proposal: defining the topic; setting realistic, achievable goals; benefits
- Safeguards in ‘human subject research’: the evidence necessary for project approval by an ethics committee; ethics protocols for research involving human subjects
- Final form of the thesis/project: revision of style and accuracy of writing; consistency in use of conventions; supervisor’s final approval; research writing for critique and publication.
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