Singapore University of Social Sciences

Research Methods

Research Methods (PSY390)

Applications Open: 01 October 2022

Applications Close: 30 November 2022

Next Available Intake: January 2023

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378

Area of Interest: Business Administration, International Trade, Science and Technology

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


The scientific development of the social sciences is informed by various research methodologies and methods. Having a systematic and rigorous research design forms the foundation for scientific inquiry, investigation, examination and exploration. This course explores a range of research approaches commonly used in social science studies, including sociology, psychology and communication research. The course emphasises the importance of understanding, interpreting, conceptualising and applying various research methodologies and methods. Students will acquire the practical skills needed to design and carry out scientific investigations.

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


  • Introduction to social science research
  • Varieties of research approaches
  • Theories and paradigms
  • Ethics in social research
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Research purpose statements, hypothesis, and research questions
  • Designing a research study
  • Use of quantitative and qualitative research instruments
  • Participant recruitment and sampling strategies
  • Quantitative research designs
  • Qualitative research designs
  • Mixed-Methods research designs

Learning Outcome

  • Demonstrate how various research concepts such as research designs, data collection, data analysis, validity, reliability, criteria, and research quality can influence the research process, research findings and their interpretation.
  • Evaluate and appreciate the different research designs, strategies, methodologies and methods.
  • Examine the various key considerations of the research process, including philosophical assumptions, ethical practices, review of the literature, purpose statements, hypotheses, research questions, research design, use of instruments for data collection and sampling.
  • Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of different research approaches, designs, and concepts.
  • Prepare a research proposal, and address the various elements, including conceptualising the research purpose(s), stating the research objectives, formulating research hypotheses and/or questions, and constructing research instruments like a survey questionnaire and interview guide.
  • Apply knowledge of the various elements within the research process to explain research concepts and recommend relevant designs, strategies, methodologies and methods.
  • Propose appropriate, ethical, and evidence-based research designs, strategies, methodologies and methods for different research needs.
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