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Introduction to Research Methods

AS001-812/912
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Individual study

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Lecturer

Tony Bird

Overview

This subject covers the philosophy, resources, and administration of research and develops project management skills. Students will learn how to analyse and interpret data, formulate a research proposal, and set realistic parameters (including following ethics protocol when using human subject participants). There are two versions of the unit, one suitable for those preparing for text-based research and the other for those preparing for ministry practice research.

Delivery

  • Directed reading
  • Assignments

KEY TEXTS

  • Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., and Williams, J. M., The Craft of Research (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008).
  • Leedy, P. D., and Ormrod, J. E., Practical Research: Planning and Design, 9th edn (Princeton: Merrill, 2010).
  • Murphy, Nancey C., Reasoning and Rhetoric in Religion (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2001).
  • Phillips, E. M. and Pugh, D. S., How to Get a PhD. A Handbook for Students and their Supervisors, 2nd edn (Buckingham: Open University Press 2005).
  • Turabian, Kate L., A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th edn (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007).
  • Vyhmeister, N. J. and Roberston, T. D., Quality Research Papers for Students of Religion and Theology, 3rd edn (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014).

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