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Semester II, Academic Session 2022

Research Methodology

Class will be conducted online via eLearn@USM every Wednesday at 2:30pm to 5:30pm starting from 27 October 2021

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.
LECTURERS
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1 Assoc Prof Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2 Assoc Prof Dr Reevany Bustami   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3 Assoc Prof Dr Goh Soo Khoon   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
4 Assoc Prof Dr Tang Chor Foon   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
5 Dr Sazlina Salleh   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
6 Dr Dayang Haszelinna Abang Ali   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

 

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

 RESPECTIVE SCHOOLS/CENTRES

  1. Center for Policy Research and International Studies –  Assoc Prof Dr Reevany Bustami (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  2. Center for Islamic Development Management Studies - Dr. Wan Norhaniza (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  3. Centre for Global Archaeological Research - Dr. Suresh Narayanen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  4. Centre for Research on Women and Gender - Prof Dr. Noraida binti Endut (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  5. Centre for Instructional Technology & Multimedia - Prof Dr. Mona Masood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  6. National Higher Education Research Institute - Dr. Rohayati binti Mohd Isa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  7. School of Distance Education - Dr. Zarina Md. Nor  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  8. School of Languages, Literacies & Translation - Prof. Madya Dr. Manjet Kaur Mehar Singh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  9. School of Humanities - Assoc Prof Dr. Jasni SulongThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  10. School of Management -  Assoc Prof Dr. Zamri Ahmad (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  11. School of Social Sciences - Dr. Paramjit Singh Jamir Singh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  12. School of Communication -  Dr. Sharifah Nadiah Syed Mukhiar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  13. School of Arts - Dr. Julina Binti Ismail @ Kamal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  14. School of Educational Studies – Assoc Prof Dr. Aziah Ismail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

ASSESSMENT

The assessments* for this course are as follows:

No Coursework Assessment Percentage (%)
1 Assignment (in group)

By CenPRIS
(to be submitted to CenPRIS)

40
2 Research Proposal

By Respective Schools/ Centres
(To be Submitted to the students respective schools or centres)

40
3 Research Proposal Presentation 20
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 9th 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. You may refer to https://bit.ly/3o9Tcm0 for assignments submitted in the previous semester.
  7. For queries on administrative matters, please contact Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS)(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
  8. For queries on specific academic matters/ specific fields, please contact your respective supervisor and school representatives / deputy deans.
  9. 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. Blaikie, N. W. H. (2009). Designing Social Research (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley and Sons.
  3. Hart, C. (2018). Doing a literature review: Releasing the research imagination.
  4. Sekaran, U. and Bougie, R. (2010) Research Methods for Business: A Skill Building Approach. John Wiley and Sons, USA.
  5. Studenmund, A.H. (2017) Using Econometrics: A Practical Guide. 7th Edition, Boston: Pearson
  6. Leedy, P.D and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod, Practical Research: Planning and Design, 12th Edition, (2019) (ii) Sherman, R.R. and Webb, R.B. eds., 1988. Qualitative research in education: Focus and methods (Vol. 3). Psychology Press.
  7. Mills, G.E. and Gay, L.R., (2019). Educational research: Competencies for analysis and applications. Pearson. One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458.
  8. Acharyya, R. and Bhattacharya, N. eds., (2019). Research methodology for social sciences. Taylor & Francis
  9. Linda Tuhiwai Smith (2021), Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, Bloomsbury Publishing
  10. Mohammad Reevany Bustami, Ellisha Nasruddin & Moh Mudzakkir (2021). Islamic Social Science Research Methdology. UMM Press (Malay Language/ Bahasa Nusantara), Indonesia.
  11. Asselin, Hugo, and Suzy Basile. Concrete ways to decolonize research. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies3 (2018): 643-650.

Important Links to Sustainability-related Websites / Resources :

  1. https://sdgs.un.org/goals
  2. https://www.unsdsn.org/
  3. https://www.iso.org/iso-26000-social-responsibility.html
  4. 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

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