Course start date: 30 Aug 2019
Research in general terms, is the search for knowledge.This search for knowledge involves collecting and analysing data in order to get pertinent information to answer specific questions or to solve particular problems. In this sense, we can say that we are always doing research, although many times we do not realise this and we never write it up. However, at University, research is an academic activity that involves a scientific and systematic process aimed at providingdependable solutions to problems or answers to questions. Research is not only important in generating new knowledge but also in improving practice and informing policy. Therefore it is important that University students, who often have to provide answers to questions or solutions to problems as they pursue their studies, and later in work life, be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable them to conduct good research. This course is a general introduction to social research. It will give the students an opportunity to understand basic research concepts and the process of social research. It is meant to provide the foundation for the next course unit in Research Methodology which will be taught next semester.
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