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There are 7 lessons in this module as follows:
Identifying research issues and determining research priorities
Acquisition of technical information
Specialised research techniques
Research planning and designing
What to Research?
Research can be valuable, contributing to our understanding of what factors are influencing observed outcomes, which need changing, and what specific changes may be needed. On the other hand, irrelevant or needless research, no matter how well done or how detailed, can waste time, energy and money that could have been much better applied elsewhere.
Therefore, the first step in doing relevant, worthwhile research is to identify areas, social groups, markets, or organisations that might benefit from research, and the kind of information that might be useful. This is a vital step as much of the governmental and private funding today is tied to these constraints.
The second step is to arrive at a specific topic for research, one that clearly articulates the aim of the research, and defines the focus for the research. It defines clearly the goals: what are we doing the research for?
The third step is to consider whether the proposed research is realistic. This is a necessary step on the analysis as it will help determining the strategies, how we will approach and study the problem. Can it be done in a realistic time frame? Has it already been thoroughly researched by someone else? Are there still important questions to be asked? Is there enough information? Steps two and three may need to be repeated several times before the final research topic is identified.
What is in each lesson?
1. Identifying Research Issues and Determining Research Priorities
Introduction: first, second, third steps
Finding research ideas
Steps to brainstorming Mind maps
How to mind map
Determining research priorities
Beginning your research
Formulating a research topic
Is the research feasible
Formulating a hypothesis
2. Acquisition of Technical Information
Basic methods of collecting information: experimental, correlation, questionnaires, surveys, tests, document review
3. Specialised Research Techniques
Selecting a research method
Applications for cause and effect diagrams
Lateral thinking techniques
Root cause analysis
4. Research Planning and Designing
Defining the problem, possible solutions and objectives
Problem tree analysis tool
Prioritise objectives and define activities
Results and assessment
Measures of central tendency
6. Conducting Research
Collecting and logging data
Developing a data base structure
7. Writing Reports
Contents of a research report (example)
Pitfalls to avoid
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