Scientific Method in Research Methodology

Researchers learn step by step procedure of Scientific method in Research Methodology. Students learn how to use scientific method in their research and what are the elements of Scientific method.

It provides the standard approach to conduct experiment, collect results and improve the research ability and improves the research skill.

What you'll learn

  • Choose the right research method

  • Choose the right statistical technique to be used with the research method

  • Understand when to apply which statistical procedure

  • Evaluate, infer, and understand a product, situation, services, or a treatment option through statistics

  • Interpret statistical literature, research articles, and the claims made on the basis of statistics

  • Make informed choices with respect to methodology and research design

  • Apply this knowledge by conducting sound research in Psychology

Research Designs
-In the previous module we discussed the empirical cycle, causality and the criteria for methodological quality, focusing on threats to internal validity. In this module we'll consider the most frequently used research designs and we'll see how they address threats to internal validity. We'll look at experimental, quasi-experimental and correlational designs, as well as some other designs you should be familiar with. To understand and appreciate these designs we will discuss some general concepts such as randomization and matching in a little more detail.

Measurement
-Choosing a design is only the first step in the deduction phase (remember the empirical cycle?). The second step is deciding on specific ways to measure the variables of interest and disinterest.

This step is extremely important, because even if we are able to perform a true double-blind experiment, if our measurement and manipulation method are of poor quality, then internal validity will still be compromised!

In this module we'll look at what measurement is exactly and what the criteria for evaluating measurement are. We will also look more in-depth at self-report measures, including survey, questionnaires and tests. These methods are among the most frequently used measurement instruments in the social and behavioral sciences.

Sampling
-In the previous two modules we discussed research designs and methods to measure and manipulate our variables of interest and disinterest. Before a researcher can move on to the testing phase and can actually collect data, there is just one more procedure that needs to be decided on: Sampling. Researchers need to determine who potential participants are and how they will be selected and recruited.

Qualitative Research Methods

In this course you will be introduced to the basic ideas behind the qualitative research in social science. You will learn about data collection, description, analysis and interpretation in qualitative research. Qualitative research often involves an iterative process. We will focus on the ingredients required for this process: data collection and analysis.

Qualitative Interviewing
-In this module we'll look at what a qualitative interview entails by trying to define it and by discussing different forms of interviewing behavior.

Qualitative Analysis
-In previous modules we discussed how you should observe a social situation or conduct a qualitative interview. Now we will focus on what to do with your data, by discussing qualitative analysis. In this module you will try to do a qualitative analysis by interpreting your observed data and try to code it.

Writing, mixing & ethics
-In this module I will discuss ideas on writing in qualitative research, I will discuss mixing methods and talk about the ethical issues you should consider.