Social Research Methods for Dummies
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Social Research Methods for Dummies

Writing your first research proposal
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Created by Julia Khukalenko
Last updated 6/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 articles
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to write a decent assignment for research methods unit of study
  • Formulate their research question
  • Understand the differences between research strategies
  • Will feel more confident to start your reserach
  • Understand how a good proposal looks like and how to create one
Requirements
  • Be able to read academic articles
  • Have some ideas for your research
  • Buy or borrow: Neuman, W.L. (2006). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Toronto: Pearson
  • You can use the latter edition: Neuman, W.L. (2014). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, seventh edition. Essex: Pearson Education Limited.
Description

This course covers very basic concepts related to research methods. We will talk about research itself, research methods, research strategies, data collection methods, sampling and literature review. 

My lectures are concise and simplified version of the famous W. L. Neuman book, university lectures (Rachel Wilson and Aek Phakiti) and also some other sources. 

The most valuable part of this course is my real assignments, which I wrote for Developing a Research Project unit of study at the University of Sydney. They will help you, if you are struggling with your own assignments and don't know how to start.

You shouldn't start this course if you have some prior knowledge in this area.

Who this course is for:
  • Bachelor's/ master's degree students who struggle with their units of study
  • Beginners in research
  • Researchers who are not familiar with the Anglo-Saxon educational culture
Course content
Expand all 32 lectures 01:23:31
+ Introduction
2 lectures 01:46

Introduction to Social Research Methods.


Preview 01:42
Reading 1
00:04
What do you already know?
5 questions
+ Methodology overview
6 lectures 12:03

Reading for this lecture: Neuman, W.L. (2014). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, p.p. 92 - 124

Basic concepts
03:59
Reading 2
00:04

Reading for this lecture: Neuman, W.L. (2014). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, p.p. 46 - 53

Preview 03:25
Reading 3
00:03

Reading for this lecture: Neuman, W.L. (2014). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, p.p. 211 - 221

Reliability and Validity
04:29
Reading 4
00:03
Section 2 Quiz
4 questions
+ Brainstorming your project
3 lectures 08:03

Read 5 articles that are important for your research.

In Q&A section, publish the summaries.

Preview 04:17
Reading 5
00:03

Publish your research question in Q&A section.

Writing a research question
03:43

It's time to share your research question! 

Research Question
1 question
It was the first assignment I was supposed to write. Let's see if you can do it.
Introducing your research project
1 question
+ Research Strategies: Survey
4 lectures 15:07
Survey: general information
06:44
Survey: how to start, general issues
05:01
Survey: advantages and disadvantages. Pilot study
03:18
Reading 6
00:04
+ Research Strategies: Experiment
3 lectures 10:12
Experiment: general information
03:48
Experiment: validity issues
04:14
Experiment: advantages and disadvantages
02:10
+ Research Strategies: Ethnography
4 lectures 11:08
Ethnography: general information
04:28
Ethnography: advantages and disadvantages
03:17
Reading 7
00:07
+ Research Strategies: Case Study
2 lectures 03:49
Case study
03:46
Section 4 Quiz
5 questions
Reading 8
00:03
Research strategies that you can use for your topic
Contrasting strategies
1 question
+ Sampling
4 lectures 10:55
Sampling: general information
02:18
Non-probability sampling
04:05
Reading 9
00:06
Outline a sampling strategy for your research
Sampling
1 question
+ Data Collection
2 lectures 09:24
Data Collection - 1
04:17
Data Collection - 2
05:07
Propose the methods of collecting data for your research
Data collection
1 question
+ Your turn
2 lectures 01:00
Final notes
00:50
Research Proposal Example
00:10