This short course can be used as a basis for postgraduate research or by anyone involved in a career that involves research and analysis skills.
Understanding how to source and extract the key messages effectively can be a daunting task. Consequently, this course will introduce participants to the essential skills and techniques required for information sourcing, retrieval, management, analysis, critique and presentation. It will directly underpin all the other courses within the programme for which it forms a part.
During the course of their studies, postgraduate participants will be presented with a large volume of information requiring analysis, evaluation, interpretation and communication. Often this information exists in a multitude of forms (e.g. peer reviewed journal articles, technical and professional reports, textbooks, etc.) and is available from an extensive range of conventional and electronic sources.
Participants will examine the research process and learn how to evaluate the quality of published information found within academic, professional, commercial and/or development contexts. Key areas addressed will include the purpose and design of research, including: problem definition, data collection, sampling, analysis, inference, interpretation and presentation.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
Areas covered on this course will include:
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