Singapore University of Social Sciences

Research Methods

Research Methods (PSY390)

Applications Open: 01 October 2020

Applications Close: 01 December 2020

Next Available Intake: January 2021

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


The scientific development in social sciences is grounded on a systematic set of research methodologies. Having a rigorous research design is the cornerstone for all conceptual and empirical knowledge. The course explores a range of research methods and designs commonly used in social science studies, including sociology, psychology and communication research. The course emphasizes the importance of scientific enquiry for evidence, and the relations between theories, research hypotheses, variables and methodological designs. Students will acquire the practical skills needed to carry out scientific investigations.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Social Sciences and Research, Varieties of Social Science Research
  • Varieties of Social Science Research, The Research Process
  • Problem Definition and Literature Review, Measurement Issues and Research Instruments
  • Measurement Issues and Research Instruments, Sampling Designs
  • Experimental & Quasi-Experimental Research, Non-Experimental Research
  • Non-Experimental Research, Qualitative Research

Learning Outcome

  • Demonstrate how various research issues, such as measurement, sampling, research designs, validity, and reliability, can influence research findings and their interpretation.
  • Apply your knowledge of the various elements of the research process to explain research concepts and suggest relevant designs and methods.
  • Examine the various key issues of the research process, including problem definition, measurement, sampling, research instruments, data collection methods.
  • Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of different research designs.
  • Evaluate the different research methodologies, and the different types of research designs and strategies.
  • Prepare a research proposal, and address the various elements, including defining the research problem, stating the research objectives, formulating research hypotheses, and constructing research instruments like a survey questionnaire, interview guide and observation guide.
  • Propose the appropriate research designs and methodologies for different research needs.
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