Professional Certificate in Research Methods

Arium School of Arts & Sciences

Course introduction

Science is a systematic and logical approach to discovering how things in the universe work. When conducting research, scientists use the scientific method to collect measurable, empirical evidence to derive results that aim to support or refute a hypothesis and theory. This course is designed for students to gain an understanding of research, the research process and the limits and potential of research. It facilitates students’ awareness of the ability to conduct research in an ethical and thorough manner using appropriate research methods. Students will also be introduced to the importance of data analysis and interpretation, as well as the writing process in research.

Course Benefits

1. Learn and understand the steps in the Scientific Method.
2. Explain the relationship between theory, hypothesis, data collection, and analysis in the pursuit of knowledge.
3. Understand the ethics of research.
4. Identify the respective strengths and limitations of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research
5. Identify and explain the most common research methods, most notably observations, questionnaire-based surveys, interviews, focus-group discussion, experiment, and archival research.
6. Understand the importance of data analysis and interpretation.
7. Familiarise with the writing process of research.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Research
  • The Scientific Method
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Research
  • Ethics
  • Methods – observations
  • Methods – semi-structured in-depth interviews
  • Methods – experiments
  • Methods – focus group discussion
  • Methods – questionnaire-based survey
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Writing a research paper

Available Course Sessions

Course Date, Time Reg. Closes On
1 18 Nov' 20 to 06 Jan' 21, 6.45pm to 9.15pm 11 Nov' 20 Register Now

Trainer Profile

Our Lecturers

All our lecturers are selected based on their subject expertise, experience and dedication. They are required to possess at least a Masters in their subject expertise. With their years of work experience, they will also be able to illustrate topics in class with real world examples. We are committed to provide a high standard of service by promoting an environment conductive to student learning through a low student-teacher ratio of 30:1. Currently, we have 50 adjunct lecturers. A brief profile of some of our lecturers is given below.

Details of our lecturers can be found on our website.