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.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Have acquired an understanding of the role of effective research for development
  • Be able to explain systematically and illustrate essential components of the research process (defining the research focus, formulating questions and hypotheses, research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and report writing)
  • Develop a range of research tools (qualitative and quantitative) relevant for agricultural economists engaged in a variety of research and development efforts
  • Have a thorough grounding in the scientific approach to research
  • Appreciate the advantages, limitations and complementarities of different research approaches and methods according to context, purpose of research and type of data required
  • Be able to apply qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques used to organize data into some meaningful form;
  • Have acquired skills required in the management and processing of data including commonly used computer packages (for example SPSS, STATA, etc.)
Research Methods
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