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Research Project I

Course CodeBGN102
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

More than just theory – your research can help businesses run better

Research is more than just theory – you can actually use your findings to help optimise the activities of businesses and even entire industries. Find out how to plan a research project and gather data that can prove valuable in informing the current operations or future planning of a business.

Lesson Structure

There are 6 lessons in this course:

  1. Determining Research Needs
    • Introduction
    • Identifying research needs
    • The research goal
    • The research question
    • Other questions to clarify the research goal
    • Sources of information
    • What information is required
    • Depth and bredth of data
    • Constraining factors: time, resources
  2. Searching For Information
    • Kind of exploratory research
    • Primary data research
    • Literary reviews
    • Research objectives
  3. Research Methods
    • Research terminology
    • Experimentation
    • A controlled environment
    • Other field trial considerations
    • Steps in collection and analysis of data
    • Setting up a comparison trial
    • Running the trial
    • Evaluating the trial
    • Interviewing skills
    • Procedure
    • Asking questions
    • Types of questions
    • Ways of handling difficult questions
  4. Using Statistics
    • Introduction
    • Official statistics
    • Reasons for using statistics
    • Disadvantages of statistics
    • Issues to consider
    • Descriptive statistics
    • Observed and expected rates
    • Confidence intervals
    • Standardising
    • Conducting Statistical Research
    • Reliability of statistics
    • Presenting statistics: pie charts, bar charts, histograms
    • Descriptive statistics: mean, median, mode, variation, standard deviation, etc
    • Correlation, Probability
  5. Research Reports
    • Collecting quantitative data
    • Conducting a survey
    • Procedure for designing a survey
    • Forms of data
    • Planning a formal survey
    • Designing a questionnaire
    • Common problems
  6. Research Reporting
    • Report writing tips
    • Structure of a report
    • The report outline
    • Research papers
    • Referencing

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Develop your ability to collect, collate and interpret data and prepare reports in ways relevant to the work environment;
  • Monitor and evaluate your own work in order to develop a responsible attitude to workplace performance and quality assurance;
  • Determine areas where there is a valid need for research which are relevant to area of study;
  • Explain research methods, including experimental techniques, commonly used in your discipline.
  • Understand of the basic statistical methods used for research;
  • Locate, collect and evaluate information for a specific research purpose;
  • Prepare a research report in a format which conforms to normal industry procedures.


Meet some of our academics

Dr Robert BrowneZoologist, Environmental Scientist and Sustainability, science based consultancy with biotechnology corporations. Work focused on conservation and sustainability. Robert has published work in the fields of nutrition, pathology, larval growth and development, husbandry, thermo-biology, reproduction technologies, and facility design.Robert has B.Sc., Ph, D.
Dr. Sherif SakrResearch Scientist and University Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering. Sherif has a PhD in Computer Science, MSc, BSc.
Dr. Gareth PearceVeterinary scientist and surgeon with expertise in agriculture and environmental science, with over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation. Gareth has a B.Sc.(Hons), B.V.Sc., M.A., M.Vet.S,. PhD, Grad. Cert. Ed.(HE), Post-Grad.Cert. Aq.Vet.Sc., Post-Grad. Cert. WLBio&Cons., Dipl. ECPHM, MRCVS.
Dr. Lynette MorganBroad expertise in horticulture and crop production. She travels widely as a partner in Suntec Horticultural Consultants, and has clients in central America, the USA, Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.


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