Full course description

Course Date:

Sep 26 - Dec 19, 2016

Duration:

12 weeks

Commitment:

3 hrs/week

Requirement:

College or university student

Course Type:

Instructor-led

Credential:

Badge

Description

In this course, students learn different research methods and procedures for designing and conducting scientific research. Students develop their competencies in research theories, designs, and approaches using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research, as well as the ability to understand and critically analyze research reports and to write research proposals and research papers.

More specifically, the following main content will be introduced:

  • Types of research methods
  • Research design and procedures
  • Literature review
  • Data analysis techniques
  • Ethical issues in doing research
  • Evaluating research reports
  • Writing research proposals
  • Writing research papers

Objectives

This course will prepare students to:

  • Understand what is research and critical issues related to research.
  • Gain an overview of the different types of research designs and methods.
  • Develop the competencies to design and conduct research.
  • Develop the ability to critically analyze research literature.
  • Apply different research methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research).
  • Gain the competence to analyze research reports.
  • Develop the ability to write research proposals and research papers.

Course Instructors

Chang Zhu

Dr. Chang Zhu

Professor

Dr. Chang Zhu is Professor in Educational Sciences at VUB. Her research focuses on the use of educational innovations in schools and higher education and the study of related cultural, contextual, and individual variables. She teaches the course Research Methodology (Research Seminar in Educational Sciences) for the Master in Educational Sciences Program at VUB. Prof. Zhu is leading several key research projects focusing on e-learning, online, and blended learning.