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Research Project IV (Thesis Preparation)

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Research Project IV (Thesis Preparation)

Learn to prepare for and plan a thesis.  This is a unique course developed to expand a person's knowledge of research methodology; for students, writers, academics and entrepeneurs. Carry out research at thesis level. Develop skills in undertaking research and preparing your own thesis. Study at your own pace.

Lesson Structure -  Research Project IV (Thesis Preparation) BGN301

There are 10 lessons:

  1.  The Problem Statement

  •         Introduction
  •         What is a problem
  •         Selecting a topic
  •         Structure of a problem statement
  •         How does a problem statement relate to quantitative and qualitative research
  •         Referencing and reference types

2.    The Literature Review Part One

  •         What is a literature review
  •         Relating your literature review to the problem statement
  •         Types of literature
  •         Collecting information
  •         Finding literature: text books, journal articles, indexes, abstracts, internet

3.    The Literature Review Part Two

  •         Critical reading
  •         Literatire review structure
  •         Writing
  •         Verbs
  •         Quotations
  •         Presentation of work

4.    The Hypothesis

  •         What is a hypothesis
  •         Definitions
  •         Scientific method
  •         Structuring a hypothesis
  •         What is not a hypothesis
  •         Null hypothesis
  •         Correlation vs cause and effect
  •         Occam's razor

 5.   The Method

  •         Introduction
  •         Structuring your research method
  •         Research strategy
  •         Data collection
  •         Quantitative data
  •         Qualitative data
  •         Data sampling
  •         Sampling methods
  •         Research integrity

6.    Data Collection

  •         Introduction
  •         Primary and secondary sources of data
  •         Quantitative data
  •         Qualutative data
  •         Data collection
  •         Literature review
  •         Key informants
  •         Experimental
  •         Correlation
  •         What is correlation
  •         Questionnaires, Surveys and Tests
  •         Interviews
  •         Documentation
  •         Observation
  •         Focus groups
  •         Case studies
  •         Combination and triangulation

7.    Research Proposal

  •         Introduction
  •         Outline
  •         Cover Page, abstract, introduction, problem statement, hypothesis, context background, literature survey,
  •         research methodology
  •         Time schedule, budget, terminology, resource list, appendix
  •         Academic writing

8.    Thesis Writing

  •         Nature of thesis structure
  •         Thesis structure guidelines: different types

9.    Ethics

  •         Ethics of collecting data
  •         Human research
  •         Non human research
  •         Ethics committee
  •         Categories of research

10Where To From Here

  •         Pitfalls
  •         Finalising a thesis submission

Please Note:  Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Learning Goals:
  •     Construct a problem statement
  •     Identify related literature resources which correspond to ‘the problem statement’
  •     Understand nature of hypotheses and methods of hypothesis development
  •     Develop initial method for your research project
  •     Identify the data sources for the research project
  •     Complete a Research Proposal
  •     Understand how to structure a thesis
  •     Complete an Ethics Form to gain approval for research
  •     Write a thesis draft.

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Course Info
Course StartAnytime
Course Hours100
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeBGN301
Course PrerequisiteResearch Project III BGN202
Course QualificationCertificate
Study SupportStudy Support: You'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.



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