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Advanced Research Methods: Course Outline (MSHCM)

The problem-solving research uses applied research to find solutions to the existing problems. Qualitative Research: Qualitative research is a process that is about inquiry, that helps in-depth understanding of the problems or issues in their natural sett

Course Outline

Overview and Course Objectives

This course is designed to lay the foundations of good theoretical and empirical research from an interdisciplinary perspective with a focus on Disaster Management and Health Care Management. Students become familiar with a variety of approaches to theory extension and development, research design and analyses, and are helped to develop their own research projects/dissertations and produce quality research papers. The students will be required to write a research paper at the end of the course and submit it to an international research conference as identified by the instructor.

The Course will also provide an overview of Social Sciences and Disaster Management Research in Islamic Perspectives.

The course will start with an introduction to the principles and methods of  research: selecting a workable topic, developing theoretical framework, choosing the appropriate design, securing the respondents, making a test investigation, sampling, collecting data, types and errors of collected data, tabulating and analysing the data using statistical tools and software, interpreting the finding, stating the conclusion, drafting a research paper and finally submitting it to an international conference for possible consideration.

Required Course Materials and Readings

The course requires extensive reading on some topics (see Course Schedule section).  The readings will be made available to students in advance of the classes electronically. Class meetings will involve group discussions of the assigned readings, punctuated with lectures and/or presentations.  Each student will be responsible for summarizing and leading discussion on one or more assigned readings in class.

Indented Learning Outcomes

The specific course objectives are to help students develop:

  • The ability to translate basic/applied issues into appropriate academic research questions in the domains of Health Care Management and Disaster Management;
  • An understanding of how to publish in high quality research outlets.
  • The ability to contribute to the existing body of knowledge by publishing research papers, either theoretical or empirical, in journals of good repute.
  • An appreciation of the links between the issues being investigated and the method of investigation;
  • An understanding of the governing principles in the quantitative and qualitative research traditions, the merits and limitations of each, and of their independent and supporting roles;
  • The skills required to design and conduct research studies using quantitative and quantitative methods;
  • The ability to use SPSS software for data entry and statistical analyses and
  • The ability to interpret research results and establish the substantive meaning and implications of the findings.

Week 01

Introductory Session 

Course Introduction, Objectives, and Outline

Week 02

Research Methods and Process: An Overview

Types of Researches

Inductive and Deductive Approaches

Basic and Applied Research

Quantitative vs Qualitative Research

Hypothetico-Deductive Method

Week 03

Social Sciences, Business and Management Research in Islamic Perspectives

Week 04

Theory and Theorizing: Making Sense of Data

What theory is and Why it is important?

Discussion on “Research Topics for Each Group”

What is Plagiarism? Academic Dishonesty

Week 05

Critically Reviewing the Literature

  • Concepts, Constructs, and Variables
  • Searching Through Google Scholar
  • Accessing Online resources
  • How to read an Article
  • Techniques to Review the Literature
  • Writing the Introduction and Literature Review
  • Providing in-text citations and End-References (APA style or AMR Style).
  • Developing Theoretical Framework and Model
  • Theorizing and Logical Flow of Argumentation
  • Proposition and Hypothesis
  • Types of Hypothesis

Week 06

Design and Methodology I

Survey Design and Implementation

Unit and Level of Analyses

Measurement of Variables

Data Collection Methods

Primary Data Collection/Secondary Data Collection

Reliability: Concept Clarity

Validity: Concept Clarity

Measurement Issues: Common Method Bias

Online Survey

Week 07

Reviewing the Progress on research projects and feedback

Week 08

Design and Methodology II

Selecting research design based on the purpose/type of the study

Types of Study (Exploratory, Descriptive, Hypothesis Testing)

Study Settings/Environment: Field surveys vs Laboratory/experimental designs

Type of Investigation: Causal vs Correlational studies

Time Horizon: Cross-sectional studies vs longitudinal studies

Week 09

Design and Methodology III

Sample Design

Probability/Non Probability Sampling

Sampling Selection Issues

Common Problems and Pitfalls

Questionnaire Design

Techniques of translation in Local Languages: Back to Back Translation

Week 10

Data Analyses Techniques

Quantitative Analysis Using SPSS(R) (Statistical Procedures for Social Sciences)

Data entry and Creating Variables

Handling missing data

Basic Data Analysis: Descriptive Analysis

Reliability Analysis

Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Control Variables

Correlation, Simple and Multiple Regression Analysis

Multicollinearity Diagnostics and remedies

Test of Differences (t-test)

An overview of Meta-Analysis

Week 11

Data Analyses Techniques II

Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA)

Moderated and Mediated Regression Analysis

Drawing Graphs for Moderation

Testing Curvilinear Relationships

Logistic Regression

Week 12

Data Analyses Techniques III

Qualitative Data Analyses

Content Analysis


Grounded Theory

Interviews/Elite Interviewing

Week 13,14,15

Reviewing the Progress on Research Projects and Feedback

Week 16

Plagiarism check and Submission

Week 17

Final Exams


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