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This course aims at providing some basic research criteria to post-graduate students. It lays the foundations for preparing students for academic skills which covers acquiring and reviewing basic analytical skills, choosing a dissertation topic, deriving interesting and well-focused research questions, how to address questions with data or theory and how to interpret and write up results. The structure of the course can be ideally split into two components. The first is specific skills: use of library resources, writing skills, and data collection and management. The second part aims to prepare the student to gain an understanding of the application of these in the context of the development of their own dissertation topic.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
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Assignment (30%), Class test (30%), Research Report (40%)
Assignment 1 will be an article review, where the student has to write a review of an article in 1500 words
The Class Test will be based on material covered during first half of the semester.
For the Research Report the students will have to identify a research question and write a research proposal with details of methods that will be used, data sources etc.