Welcome to Research Methods – RES 701

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of rigorous research practice and to lay a foundation of research skills which will be relevant to both further study and professional practice.  Probably the most important thing to do in the course is to BE HONEST, with yourself, with your peers and with me!  Good research requires you to be open minded, open to criticism of your work and honest in your appraisal of your own work, your biases and the representation of your findings.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the nature of research and the research process, (including sources of bias and ethical considerations).
  2. Critically analyse the sources of research evidence and demonstrate through critical appraisal how such evidence should be interpreted and evaluated.
  3. Apply their understanding of the basic issues involved to the determination and scoping of a useful research question.
  4. Apply their understanding of the basic principles of common research methods to the construction of an appropriate research design for a specific research question.
  5. Create an appropriate research proposal for an individually selected research question and approach.


  1. Taken from Research Methods course outline
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