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This MOOC is about demystifying research and research methods. It will outline the fundamentals of doing research, aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at the postgraduate level. It places the student experience at the centre of our endeavours by engaging learners in a range of robust and challenging discussions and exercises befitting SOAS, University of London's status as a research-intensive university and its rich research heritage. The course will appeal to those of you who require an understanding of research approaches and skills, and importantly an ability to deploy them in your studies or in your professional lives. In particular, this course will aid those of you who have to conduct research as part of your postgraduate studies but do not perhaps have access to research methods courses, or for those of you who feel you would like additional support for self-improvement. No prior knowledge or experience in research is required to take this course and as such, the course is for everyone. This MOOC draws on a wealth of existing course material developed to support research training across SOAS, University of London and particularly drawing from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). In 2015, the course was nominated for the prestigious Guardian University Award for its innovative approach to online learning. Participation in or completion of this online course will not confer academic credit for University of London programmes...
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2 heures pour terminer

E-tivity 1: What Is Research and What Makes a Good Research Question?

PURPOSE: To focus upon formulating a research question. TASK: Please compose a brief question pertaining to your proposed research - whatever the subject - and post it under the 'My Project' tab in the peer review exercise below. Be brief insofar as it would fit on one metaphorical or literal 'Post-It' note. Also watch our interview videos below. RESPONSE: Having reflected on the videos, review other students' questions. Feeding back is an important part of the research process, so please spend some time providing considered feedback for three or more colleagues here. OUTCOME: You will have given considered thought to composing a research question and provided feedback to others on theirs. ...
Reading
6 vidéos (Total 17 min), 1 lecture, 1 quiz
Video6 vidéos
E-tivity 1 - Instructors' Commentary3 min
Rob Denny says...1 min
Sandra Halperin says...3 min
Michael Hutt says...2 min
Myrrh Domingo says...1 min
Reading1 lecture
Read Me First10 min

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3 heures pour terminer

E-tivity 2: What Is a Literature Review and Why Do We Need to Do One?

PURPOSE: To familiarise yourself with the nature and benefits of conducting a literature review. TASK: Please read the following three pieces on literature review, in conjunction with the interviews below. Then post your thoughts on one of the readings to the 'My Project' tab of the peer review (200 words). RESPONSE: Provide feedback on three or more submissions by your fellow students. OUTCOME: Upon the completion of the full cycle of this e-tivity, you will be able to distinguish the qualities of a literature review and begin to reflect on the value of a literature review to your own project. ...
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 13 min), 1 lecture, 1 quiz
Video4 vidéos
Sandra Halperin says...2 min
Reza Gholami says...1 min
Charlotte Horlyck says...3 min
Reading1 lecture
E-tivity 2 - Readings30 min

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3 heures pour terminer

E-tivity 3: Why Are Planning and Management Skills Important for Research?

PURPOSE: To be aware of the planning and management skills that are required in undertaking critical thinking for your research. TASK: Please watch the videos below, and also read the chapter provided. In conjunction with your reflections on the learning material provided and also research planning and management in general, please post your thoughts on the chapter, in no more than 400 words, under the 'My Project' tab. RESPONSE: Provide feedback on three or more submissions by your fellow students. OUTCOME: Upon the completion of the full cycle of this e-tivity, you will have reflected on the skills required to enhance your research. ...
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 12 min), 1 lecture, 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
Reza Gholami says...1 min
Sandra Halperin says...3 min
Gina Heathcote says...1 min
Michael Hutt says...2 min
Reading1 lecture
E-tivity 3 - Reading30 min

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2 heures pour terminer

E-tivity 4: How Do You Know You Have Been a Good Researcher at the End of a Project?

PURPOSE: To reflect upon the value of a good question, and provide an outline research proposal. TASK: In conjunction with our videos below, please go back to your research question proposed during E-tivity 1 and consider again whether you are still happy with it. Is the question one you are still interested in and one you think worthy of devoting your time and energy to? If so, after reflecting on your question, please compose an outline plan on how you would follow on from establishing your research question. Please submit your proposal, up to 800 words. RESPONSE: Provide feedback on three or more proposals submitted by your fellow students. OUTCOME: Upon the completion of the full cycle of this e-tivity, you will have formulated, in draft form, an overarching research question, and a plan of action to complete the research. In doing this, you will have honed your writing, research and analytical skills....
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 7 min), 1 quiz
Video4 vidéos
Gina Heathcote says... min
Rob Denny says... min
Reza Gholami says...1 min
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par AGJul 27th 2017

This is wonderful course especially for research scholars, one suggestion is instead of giving articles from books, please provide a PPT which will be more effective ! thank you for wonderful session.

par CDJan 25th 2017

I got to learn a lot about various research methods which i did not know previously. The timing of presentation of various ideas was excellent. Reviewing classmates was a good learning experience.

Enseignants

Dr J. Simon Rofe, SOAS, University of London

Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Studies, Global Diplomacy Programme Director, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy,
SOAS, University of London

Dr Yenn Lee

Doctoral Training Advisor
SOAS, University of London

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