Research Methodology

Course Name: Research Methodology
Course Code: CCRM
Division: Kalanidhi
Course HoD/ Coordinator: Prof. Ramesh C. Gaur
Duration: 3 Months
Total Credits: 4
Mode of Classes: Online
Eligibility: Graduation in any discipline
FEES: Rs. 10,000

Course Objective:

This course addresses the issues inherent in selecting a research problem and discuss the techniques and tools to be employed in completing a research project. This course would be beneficial for the students who have interest in research and are finding ways to look for ways to

Course Outline
Module 1-Research Methodology: A review of the Fundamentals
  • Definition of Research
  • Objectives of Research
  • Motivation of Research
  • General Characteristics of Research
  • Criteria of Good Research
  • Scientific Thinking
  • What is a Research Problem
  • Selecting the Problem
Module 2-Types of Research
  • Basic Applied
  • Evaluation
  • Case Studies
  • Experiments
  • Ethnography
  • Phenomenology
  • Ground Theory (GT)
  • Action Research
  • Mixed-methods
  • Longitudinal
Module 3-The Review of literature
  • Meaning of review of literature
  • Need of review of literature
  • Objectives of Review of Literature
  • Sources of Literature
  • The Function of Literature
  • How To Conduct the Review of Literature
  • Some Hints For the Review of Literature
  • Precautions In Library Use
  • Reporting the Review of Literature
Module 4-The Research Hypotheses
  • Meaning of hypothesis
  • Definitions of hypothesis
  • Nature of hypothesis
  • Importance of hypothesis
  • Kinds of hypothesis
  • Characteristic of a Good Hypothesis
  • Variables in a Hypothesis
  • Formulating a Hypothesis
  • Testing the Hypothesis – Z-test, F-test, chi- square test
Module 5-analysis of variance (ANOVA)
  • One-way (ANOVA)
  • Two-way (ANOVA)
  • Analytical Tools —SPSS,R
  • Basic statistical methods
Module 6-Data Collection Methods
  • Primary data Collection
  • Secondary data collection
  • Questionnaires
  • Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Observation
Module 7-Sampling
  • Meaning and Definition of Sampling
  • Functions of Population
  • Methods of Sampling
  • Characteristics of Good Sample
  • Size of a Sample
  • The Sample Cycle
Module 8-IPR Issues
  • What is IPR
  • Introduction to Copyright
  • CC License
  • Introduction to Plagiarism
Module 9-E-Research Literacy
  • Concepts related with Research Originality
  • Ethics
  • Scientific Misconduct: FFP
  • Redundant Publication
  • Selective reporting and Misrepresentation
  • Concept of Plagiarism
  • Use of Plagiarism Detection Tools- Urkund, iThenticate
  • Digital Humanities
  • SciFinder, sciVal, ORCHID, Scopus, web of Science, Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic Search, Impactstory, Research Gate,
Module 10-Publication Ethics
  • Definition, Introduction and Importance
  • Best Practices/Standard settings initiatives: COPE, WAME
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Publication Misconduct
  • Predatory Publisher and Journals
  • Violation of ethics, authorship and contributor ship
  • Identification of Publication misconduct, complaints and appeal
Module 11-Reference Management and Citation Analysis
  • Concepts and Significance of Reference Management
  • Referencing standards
  • Software and Tools: Mendeley, Endnote, Zotero
  • Impact factors
  • Impact factor analysis tool and techniques
  • Bibliometrics, Scientometrics, Ininformetrics and inbox, g index, i 10 index
Module 12-research Data & Data Management
  • Data, information, knowledge and wisdom
  • Type of data and data resources
  • Data repositories: types and functionalities
  • Data management: DM policy, DM Data Interviews
  • Data Sharing Techniques, Data Reuse, Data Citation
  • Organization of Data, Documentation, Metadata and File Formats
  • Content Generation skills: Professional Writing and Documentation
Module 13-Open Access Publishing (Practice)
  • Open Access Publishing and initiative
  • SHERPA/ROMEO online resource to check publisher copyright and self- archiving policies
  • Software tool to identify predatory publications developed by SPPU Data
  • Journal finder/Journal suggestion tool JANE Elsevier Journal Finder, Springer
  • Software tool to identify predatory publications developed by SPPU Data
  • Sharing Techniques, Data Reuse, Data Citation
Module 14 Publication Misconduct
  • Group Discussion on Subject specific issues, FFP, Authorship
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Complaints and appeals: example and fraud from India and Abroad
  • Training on plagiarism software like Turnitin, Urkund and other open source software tool
Module 15-Databases and Research
  • Indexing Databases
  • Citation Databases: Web of Science, Scopus,
  • Impact factor of journals as per Journal Citation Report, SNIP, SJR, IPP, Cite
  • Review of Literature: Meaning, Need, Objectives, Sources, How to Conduct the Review of Literature
  • Research Hypotheses, Definitions, Nature, Functions, Importance, Kinds, Characteristics, Variables, Formulating, Testing the Hypothesis
  • Data Collection Methods: Questionnaires, Interviews, Focus Groups,
  • Sampling, Definition, Population, Methods, and Characteristics of a Good Sample Size of a Sample
  • E-Research Literacy: Concepts Related With Research Originality, Ethics, Plagiarism, and Use of Plagiarism Detection Tools
  • Reference Management: Concepts and Significance of Reference Management in Digital Scenario
  • Software and Tools: Mendeley, Endnote: Zotero etc.
  • Citation Analysis and Preservation: Bibliometrics, Scientometrics, Informetrics, and Altametrics
  • Research Collaboration: Concepts, Tools and Significance. SciFinder, SciVal, ORCID, Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic Search, Mendeley, Impactstory, Research Gate, etc.
  • Content Generation Skills: Professional Writing and Documentation
 Project Work and Dissertation
  • Report
  • Presentation
  • Viva