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COURSE TITLE RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
COURSE CODE POL 500
CREDIT 3

SYNOPSIS

 

 

 

 

This course aims to develop student research and analytical skills. Students are introduced to the research strategies and philosophies as well as theory and logic of research, the ethics that guide the research process, and to the range of research methods generally employed in the social sciences. Emphasis will be given to knowledge related to research design, data collection, elementary data analysis, and report writing. The course includes discussions of specific methodological approaches. The course also gives special attention to practical knowledge of the research process and in preparing students to conduct their own basic research projects. Students will leave the course with a better understanding of the ways to conduct their own research in various fields. This is a foundational course that will prepare students for advanced research methods courses in their chosen fields.
   

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

 

 

 

 

Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to be able to demonstrate the following skill set and knowledge:

  1. Ability to develop a suitable research problem and research questions based on relevant and comprehensive literature review.
  2. Ability to present their research proposal at the postgraduate level.
  3. Ability to propose a viable design to carry out their planned post-graduate research while upholding professional research ethics.
  4. Ability to synthesise research findings by relating them to relevant theories and works related to the research objectives and sustainability issues.

ASSIGNMENT POL500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUST READ NOW: Assignment: SDG-based Video Presentation (Week 1 to 10) 

  1. The aim of this assignment is for you to understand the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and be able to conceptualize a viable research incorporating one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is a separate assignment from your master/PhD research or research proposal at your respective schools or centers which is to be decided with your supervisor.
  2. Your team assignment is to produce a research video presentation based on SDGs.
  3. You are expected to review and understand the 17SDGsand choose one or more SDGs which can be incorporated into a chosen topic. To showcase this assignment, your team is to upload a video presentation in English.  
  4. Your team is free to choose your own topic of interest and design your own content.
  5. The contents can be as simple as one or more of your team members making presentation with or without powerpoint or as sophisticated as video documentary with original and/or relevant footages and contents.
  6. Your team is to present only ONE singletopic. 
  7. You are also expected to apply the knowledge gained from the classes between week 1 to 10 as part of the assignment.
  8. Please specify which SDG goals and how the chosen topic is relevant to those goals.
  9. Together with your team, the maximum time for your presentation is 10 minutes.
  10. All team members are not required to be visually present in the video. However please ensure assignment is conducted in a team.
  11. You will be given a form on your teamwork performance during the submission process.
  12. Please choose your own team members. Your team should consist between 3 to 5 members. Please ensure that the names of team members and USM Student ID (matric NO) and the title are clearly stated in your presentation.
  13. You are responsible for your teamwork and we will not entertain problems within the team. 
  14. Yourvideowill be evaluated based on (i) flow (structure), (ii) relevance and quality of content, (iii) communication and (iv)  
  15. Deadline of submission:12thWeek Friday 1700 (5 pm). 10% will be deducted for late submission.  
  16. You will be notified on the submission procedures.
  17. The group project is to encourage you to work together and to be part of the USM student community. To facilitate the group formation, we have created the padlet platform for you to find possible team members and propose suitable topics. Please make use of the padlet if you have problem finding team members. https://padlet.com/sazlinasalleh/9258swe7xups6xjm
  18. IMPORTANT NOTE - MUST READ: QUESTIONS PERTAINING YOUR RESEARCH PROPOSAL & RESEARCH PROPOSAL PRESENTATION SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO YOUR SUPERVISOR OR YOUR SCHOOLS/ CENTRES.
  19. THIS ASSIGNMENT IS SEPARATE FROM YOUR RESEARCH PROPOSAL & RESEARCH PROPOSAL PRESENTATION IN YOUR RESPECTIVE SCHOOLS / CENTRES. THE SDG GOAL(S) CHOSEN IN THIS ASSIGNMENT NEED NOT BE RELATED TO YOUR RESEARCH PROPOSAL / RESEARCH PROPOSAL PRESENTATION OR YOUR MASTER OR PHD RESEARCH.


Classes will be conducted by CenPRIS (Week 1 to Week 10)

 

Classes will be conducted by respective School/Centres (Week 11 to Week 14)

 

ASSESSMENT

The assessments* for this course are as follows:

No Coursework Assessment Percentage (%)
1 Assignment (in group) CenPRIS 40
2 Research Proposal Respective Schools/ Centres 30
3 Research Proposal Presentation Respective Schools/ Centres 30
Total 100

* All evaluative components for this course are compulsory, and MUST be completed in order to pass the course.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  1. Please log in to the USM eLearn in every class to record your attendance. You are expected to stay until the end of the class.
  2. You are also encouraged to log in early.
  3. You are to meet up with your research presentation group once the assignment instruction is handed to you.
  4. Your assignment should be submitted/ uploaded by the 12th Week Friday 1700 (5pm). CenPRIS will provide the link latest by week 4 Friday 5pm. You are encouraged to submit your video presentation earlier.
  5. For research proposal and research proposal presentation, please contact your supervisor on the 1st Week.
  6. For queries on administrative matters, please contact Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS).
  7. For queries on specific academic matters/ specific fields, please contact your respective supervisor and school representatives / deputy deans.
  8. Please check the USM eLearn portal and CenPRIS’s website (https://cenpris.usm.my/index.php/research-methodology) weekly for updates.

REFERENCES

Reading list:

  1. Blaikie, N. W. H. (1993). Approaches to social enquiry. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
  2. Reevany Bustami, Ellisha Nasruddin & Blaikie, N.(2004). Lima Falsafah Penyelidikan Paradigma dan Strategi Penyelidikan untuk Sains Sosial dan Pengurusan. Pulau Pinang, Malaysia: KnowledgeCraftsmen
  3. Blaikie, N. W. H. (2009). Designing Social Research (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley and Sons.
  4. Hart, C. (2018). Doing a literature review: Releasing the research imagination.
  5. Sekaran, U. and Bougie, R. (2010) Research Methods for Business: A Skill Building Approac. John Wiley and Sons, USA.
  6. Studenmund, A.H. (2017) Using Econometrics: A Practical Guide. 7th Edition, Boston: Pearson
  7. https://sdgs.un.org/goals
  8. Interdisciplinary Approaches for Sustainable Development Goals: Economic Growth, Social Inclusion and Environmental Protection (2018). https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-71788-3
  9. Smith, Linda T. 2016. Decolonizing Methodologies. Cumbria, UK: Zed Books
  10. Kumar, R. (2011). Research methodology: A step-by-step guide for beginnershttp://www.sociology.kpi.ua/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Ranjit_Kumar- Research_Methodology_A_Step-by-Step_G.pdf
  11. Saunders, M, Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2009) Research Methods for Business Students. 5th Edition, Prentice Hall, Italy.

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