Research Methods and Term Paper Writing

Level: BS 7th Course Code: ELL401

Course Description: The course introduces the basics of the research to the undergraduate students. It includes language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. It is designed to assist students understand the difference between different forms of research writings like book, thesis and research paper.

Course Objectives
  • This course aims to enable students to:
  • develop an understanding of research terminology
  • create awareness of the ethical principles of research, ethical challenges and approval processes
  • differentiate among quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to research
  • learn the steps involved in research process
  • identify the components of a literature review process
  • understand the difference between research paper, thesis and book writing
  • develop knowledge about different components of a synopsis and a research paper

Course Contents
Further Readings
  1. Bhattacherjee, Anol. (2012). Social Science Research: Principles, Methods and Practices. University of South Florida.
  2. Bryman, Alan & Bell, Emma (2011). Business Research Methods (Third Edition), Oxford University Press.
  3. Chawla, Deepak & Sondhi, Neena (2011). Research methodology: Concepts and cases, Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Ltd. Delhi.
  4. Creswell, J. W. (2014) . Research design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. 4th Ed.. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  5. Kerlinger, F.N., & Lee, H.B. (2000). Foundations of Behavioural Research (Fourth Edition), Harcourt Inc.
  6. Rubin, Allen & Babbie, Earl (2009). Essential Research Methods for Social Work, Cengage Learning Inc., USA.
  7. Pawar, B.S. (2009). Theory building for hypothesis specification in organizational studies, Response Books, New Delhi.
  8. Neuman, W.L. (2008). Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches, Pearson Education.
  9. Walliman, Nicholas. (2001). Your Research Project. Sage Publications.

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