INR300 - Critical Analysis of Research

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Subject Title
Critical Analysis of Research

Subject Description
This course will explore the major theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research and examine the ways in which research designs relate to the development of supportable conclusions and the validity and reliability of research findings. The ways in which the choice of paradigm, conceptual framework, approach, design, and data collection and analysis influences the outcomes of a research study will be examined, as well as the ethical considerations for social research. This holistic approach chosen for this course differs from more traditional introductory methods courses which often focus solely on technical procedures. Through the analysis and evaluation of published research articles and reports, students will develop skills for critically evaluating the choice of a variety of research methods and the reliability and validity of research studies.

Credit Status
INR300 is a required course for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  Identify research problems worthy of investigation within a specific discipline.
2.  Analyse the research process used to investigate research problems.
3.  Discuss the types of research methods best suited for investigating different types of problems and questions.
4.  Explain the ethical considerations related to research involving human subjects.
5.  Describe common sampling techniques used in social research studies.
6.  Evaluate published research studies to determine the accuracy, validity, reliability, generalizability and/or transferability of the research findings.
 

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