Practical Research Methods Training

Duration: 5 Days

Language: English

This comprehensive five-day course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in their research projects or theses. It is suitable for PhD, Masters, undergraduate students and other researchers who are keen to hone their research skills and finishing their project/thesis with ease. Get equipped with practical tips, skills and techniques on research methods. Each day consists of three sessions, providing ample opportunities for hands-on learning and interaction with experienced researchers and lecturers.

Day 1: Introduction to Practical Research Methods

Session 1: Understanding the Research Process

  • Introduction to the research process
  • Differentiating between qualitative and quantitative research
  • Identifying research goals and objectives

Session 2: Research Design and Planning

  • Types of research designs
  • Formulating research questions and hypotheses
  • Developing a research plan

Session 3: Data Collection Methods

  • Overview of data collection methods (surveys, interviews, observations)
  • Selecting appropriate data collection methods
  • Data collection tools and techniques

Day 2: Crafting the Research Problem Statement

Session 1: Defining the Research Problem

  • Understanding the importance of a well-defined research problem
  • Identifying research gaps and areas of interest
  • Crafting a clear and concise research problem statement

Session 2: Research Objectives and Questions

  • Formulating specific research objectives
  • Developing research questions that align with the problem statement
  • Ensuring research objectives are achievable and measurable

Session 3: Significance of the Study

  • Discussing the significance of research in the academic and practical context
  • Identifying stakeholders and beneficiaries of the research
  • Articulating the value of the research to society

Day 3: Writing a Good Literature Review

Session 1: Understanding the Literature Review

  • Purpose and role of the literature review in research
  • Conducting a literature search and review
  • Identifying key concepts and theories in the field

Session 2: Literature Synthesis and Critique

  • Synthesizing findings from previous research
  • Analyzing and critiquing literature for relevance and credibility
  • Creating a conceptual framework based on reviewed literature

Session 3: Structuring the Literature Review

  • Organizing the literature review effectively
  • Writing techniques for a coherent and persuasive review
  • Avoiding common mistakes in literature review writing

Day 4: Methodology, Instrumentation & Sampling

Session 1: Research Methodology

  • Defining research methodology
  • Choosing the appropriate research approach (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods)
  • Exploring the research philosophy and paradigm

Session 2: Research Instrumentation

  • Developing research instruments (questionnaires, surveys, interviews)
  • Ensuring reliability and validity of research instruments
  • Pilot testing and refinement of instruments

Session 3: Sampling Techniques

  • Types of sampling methods (random, stratified, purposive)
  • Selecting a suitable sampling method for your research
  • Determining sample size and sampling error

 Session 4: Academic Referencing Styles

  • Introduction to different referencing styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
  • Proper citation and referencing in academic writing
  • Avoiding plagiarism through effective referencing

Session 5: Reference Management Tools

  • Overview of reference management software (e.g., EndNote, Zotero)
  • Using reference management tools to organize and cite sources
  • Hands-on practice with reference management software

Day 5: Ethical Issues in Research

Session 1: Research Ethics Overview

  • Understanding the importance of research ethics
  • Ethical principles and guidelines in research
  • Ethical review boards and their role

Session 2: Informed Consent and Participant Protection

  • Obtaining informed consent from research participants
  • Ensuring participant confidentiality and privacy
  • Addressing potential risks and benefits in research

Session 3: Data Handling and Reporting

  • Ethical data collection, storage, and management
  • Avoiding plagiarism and academic misconduct
  • Ethical considerations in data analysis and reporting