Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Research Methods

Introduction to Research Methods (RSCH202)

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Language: English

Duration: 6 months

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Area of Interest: Science & Technology

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School/Department: School of Science & Technology


This course is a general introduction to research intended to equip first and second year undergraduate students with the skills needed in their studies. Topics covered include the purposes of research, defining research and research problems, defining a hypothesis, problem solving and knowledge discovery, methods of quantitative and qualitative research, conducting literature reviews, designing appropriate methodologies, evaluating outcomes, analysis and communicating the results. Lecture hours per week (4: 45).

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, This will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction to Research (Sekaran & Bougie, Chapters 1-3)
  • Problem Definition, Theoretical Framework, Literature Review, and Hypothesis Development (Sekaran & Bougie, Chapters 4 – 5)
  • Research Design (Sekaran & Bougie, Chapters 6 and 10)
  • Data Collection (Sekaran & Bougie, Chapters 7 – 9)
  • Measurement (Sekaran & Bougie, Chapters 11 – 12)
  • Sampling (Sekaran & Bougie, Chapter 13)
  • Quantitative Analysis Methods (Sekaran & Bougie, Chapters 14 – 15)
  • Qualitative Analysis Methods (Sekaran & Bougie, Chapter 16)
  • Reporting Research (Sekaran & Bougie, Chapter 17)
  • Ethics in Research (Sekaran & Bougie, All Chapters plus selected readings)

Learning Outcome

  • Define and/or articulate a research problem;
  • Design a course of action to solve a research problem using, as appropriate, multidisciplinary approaches
  • Apply ethical principles in research;
  • Conduct research independently and/or collaboratively;
  • Reach decisions or conclusions based on the analysis and synthesis of evidence;
  • Communicate research results
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