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Basic Concepts in Research Methodology


This course allows participants to learn various concepts in research methods. The course also contains in-class exercises that allow participants to match learnt concepts to their prospective research projects. It builds the capacity to correctly frame their samples, calculate the sample size and use suitable tools and techniques to collect the data.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define research variables
  2. Identify study population
  3. Utilize appropriate sampling techniques
  4. Identify and differentiate between random sampling error and bias
  5. Calculate sample size for different study designs
  6. Use various data collection technique and tools

Course Outline

  1. Research variables
  2. Study population
  3. Introduction to sampling
  4. Sampling methods in quantitative and qualitative research
  5. Non-probability sampling methods
  6. Probability Sampling and sampling theory in quantitative research
  7. Sampling or random error
  8. Non-sampling errors (bias)
  9. Introduction to sample size in qualitative and quantitative research
  10. Sample size determination
    1. Calculating sample for estimation of prevalence/descriptive studies
    2. Calculating sample for testing hypotheses/cohort, case-control, clinical trials studies
  11. Introduction to data collection techniques in qualitative and quantitative research

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.