Research Methods

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Course Code: 
AEC 7201
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

The course is about the processes of obtaining, interpreting and using information for effective research for development in Africa. Combining research and development, working for and with rural people, and making a real difference to the future requires special skills and approaches in both planning and managing research and in actually doing it. Students need to be well versed in the ‘real life’ issues which have to be decided in setting up and managing research projects and how research can be used in development work Students need to be able to balance their academic requirements with the needs of projects and development participants

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Understand that every research should ask and answer the following questions: What is the problem/issue? Why is it important? How am I proposing to examine it? Why is this approach appropriate? How is it grounded in the literature, and what does it add to literature? What did I expect to find/learn, i.e., my hypotheses/expectations? What did I actually learn? Why is what I learned important, i.e., what are the implications for further research or for policy?

·Operationalize the above questions in his/her thesis undertaking 

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