Online Course on Research Methodology (For Beginners & Scholars)

Purpose of the Course
Research is the foundation on which any solid science is built. This course will introduce you to research methodologies frequently used in the social sciences. It is important that you are able not only to identify the techniques used by others but also apply them yourself. The course is designed to provide you with the foundation you will need to apply certain techniques in the search for your own answers. 
The Objective of this course to pay attention to the most important dimension of Research i.e. Research Methodology. It will enable the Researchers to develop the most appropriate methodology for their Research Studies. The mission of the course is to impart research skills to the beginners and help improve the quality of Research by the existing researchers.
Course Information

Course Coordinator : Manichander Thammishetty

The course structure is designed in a way that the learning of Research Methodology will begin with an overview of how research, and its appropriate methodology, came about in science. We will then go over the ABCs of conducting research, learning how to define “variables” and why they are important. While this course will also touch upon statistics and their importance, it will not require a comprehensive knowledge of the subject. The course will conclude with a section on experiment results and the ways in which experimental design and statistics can be used to ensure certain results. By the end of this course, you should understand why research methodology is important in scientific research, be comfortable with reading methods and results sections of journal articles, and understand a range of different research methods.
The Participants of the Course will start the course by reading the provided literature at the end of the course they will find themselves equipped enough to author a book or two themselves.

Course Outcomes

Distinguish between experimental and non-experimental research, and draw appropriate conclusions from each
Design qualitative and quantitative research to solve real-world problems
Choose effective measures of psychological variables based on reliability and validity information
Interpret and critique research
Design effective surveys
Apply ethical principles to research design
Identify appropriate statistical analyses for various research designs
Apply the key features of science to the discipline of the paper
Describe the parts of a research report
List the key ethical guidelines governing research
Define reliability and validity for research measures
List and define the three primary research designs used for research

Course Requirements

In order to take this course scholars must:
Have access to a computer
Have continuous broadband Internet access
Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash)
Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer
Have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.)
Be competent in the English language

Course Eligibility

A person having degree in any faculty.
Graduation with any stream.

Course Duration & Fees

Duration : Duration will be of 3 months.

Course Fees : Course fee is for Indian Rs.5000/- and 100 USD for Overseas Professionals.

Subject Content

  1. Basic concepts in publication of research journal
    1. ISSN No., ISBN No.
    2. Academic publishing
    3. Scholarly paper
    4. Peer review
    5. Publishing process
    6. Citations
    7. Categories of research papers
    8. Open access journals
    9. Review articles
    10. Impact factor
    11. Reference styles
    12. Research paper format
    13. Indexing
    14. Archiving
    15. Plagiarism
    16. Author(s) conducted research
    17. Critical evaluation of material
    18. Abstract and key words
    19. Introduction
    20. Method
    21. Results
    22. Discussion
  2. Writing research proposal
    1. Determining the general topic
    2. Performing a Literature review on the topic
    3. Aims and Objectives
    4. Writing an Introduction to the study
    5. Framing research hypotheses and / or research questions to investigate or guide the study
    6. Methodology and Methods
    7. Schedule and Timeline
    8. Procedures to follow for data collection and data analyses
    9. Ethical Approval
    10. Resources
    11. Budget
  3. Writing Ph. D. thesis
    1. Page format and layout
    2. Copyright information
    3. Introduction
    4. Review of literature
    5. Research methodology
    6. Chapters
    7. Reference
    8. Appendix
    9. Conclusion
    10. Bibliography
  4. Research Project
    1. Proposal for minor research project
    2. Proposal for major research project
    3. Conduct of your first draft of research paper
    4. Publication of research

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