Research Methods notes – KNEC Diploma

Research Methods

Topics covered in this unit/subject are as follows:

Chapter 1: Introduction to Research Methods
Chapter 2: The Research Process
Chapter 3: Research Proposal
Chapter 4: Data Collection
Chapter 5: Presentation, Analysis and Interpretation of Data
Chapter 6: Report Writing
Chapter 7: Emerging Issues and Trends in Research Methods




Introduction
This module unit is intended to expose the trainee to the practical experiences in project planning and execution. The trainee is therefore expected to plan, gather, review and present project materials and information in accordance with given specifications.




General Objectives

  • By the end of the module unit, the trainee should be able to:
  • Carry out a given research project
  • Carry out data collection for different types of projects
  • Carry out research and compile reports
  • Analyze and interpret project data and make conclusions based on the subject matter




Topic 1: Introduction to Research Methods

  • Meaning of research methods
  • Importance of research
  • Challenges faced by researchers
  • Criteria for classification of research
  • Types of research

Topic 2: The Research Process

  • Overview of the Process

Topic 3: Research Proposal

  • Meaning and importance of research proposal
  • Types of proposals
  • Component of research proposal

Topic 4: Data Collection

  • Definition of terms
  • Types of data
  • Instruments and methods of data collection




Topic 5: Presentation, Analysis and Interpretation of Data

  • Presentation of data
  • Analysis of data
  • Interpretation of data

Topic 6: Report Writing

  • Research report format
  • Presentation of report

Topic 7: Emerging Issues and Trends in Research Methods

  • Emerging trends and issues in research methods
  • Challenges posed by emerging issues and trends in research methods
  • Coping with challenges posed by emerging issues and trends in research methods



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