Research Project B (Research Method) Online Course

Research Project B Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Learn to monitor, analyse and evaluate a common process (or processes) relevant to their stream studies. (For the purpose of this unit, a “process” is defined as any distinct series of events or changes over a period of time, and which is directly related to the area of study).

Course Aims:

  • Develop evidence of your ability to collect, collate and interpret data and prepare reports in ways relevant to the work environment;
  • Monitor and evaluate one’s own work in order to develop a responsible attitude to workplace performance and quality assurance;
  • Discuss areas where there is a valid need for research which are relevant to area of study;
  • Explain research methods, including experimental techniques, commonly used in your area of study;
  • Undertake basic statistical methods used for research;
  • Locate, collect and evaluate information for a specific research purpose;
  • Prepare a research report in a format which conforms to normal industry procedures.

Detailed Course Outline

There are 6 Lessons in this course:

Identifying research issues

  • The nature of research
  • Finding research ideas
  • Experience
  • Literature
  • Requests for research
  • Curiosity and imagination
  • Considering all options
  • Formulating a research project
  • Is the research topic feasible
  • Terminology
  • Types of questions: descriptive, rational, causal
  • Units of analysis
  • Validity
  • Conclusion validity
  • Internal validity
  • Construct validity
  • External validity
  • Fallacies
  • Variables
  • Structure of a research project
  • Components of a research project
  • Nature of a relationship
  • Patterns in relationships
  • Timing of research
  • Ethics in research

Acquisition of technical information

  • Literature review
  • Research methods
  • Methods of collecting information
  • Experimental methods
  • Correlation methods
  • Questionnaires, surveys, tests
  • Interviews
  • Document reviews
  • Focus groups
  • Case Studies

Specialised research techniques

  • Specialised research

Research planning and designing

  • Introduction
  • The scientific method
  • Testing hypotheses
  • Common mistakes when applying the scientific method
  • Hypotheses, models, theories and laws


  • Types of data: quantitative vs qualitative
  • Overview of statistics for research
  • Sources of statistics
  • Statistical data (Plural sense)
  • Statistical Method (Singular sense)

Conducting research

  • Analyzing and interpreting information
  • Start with research goals
  • Analysis of quantitative information
  • Analysis of qualitative information
  • Interpreting information
  • Example of a report
  • Pitfalls to avoid
  • Evaluation
  • Evaluation strategies
  • Types of evaluation
  • Evaluation questions and methods

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