Research Skills required by PhD students A4: Research methods.
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3 March 2010
A4: An understanding of relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within one's research field
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Can you articulate the difference between 'techniques', 'methods' and 'methodology'?
- Is there a standard method used in your domain?
- If so, what is it and why is it used?
- Can you identify the 'typical' methods or techniques used in your domain?
- Can you explain the applicability and limitations of each?
- In your review of recent research, have you identified what techniques or methods have been applied in what contexts for what purposes?
- When you read a research paper, do you consider the appropriateness, implementation, and limitations of the methods used?
- Do you have a working knowledge of the statistics relevant to your domain?
- Do you know which data analysis software is generally used in your field?
- Can you design appropriate empirical studies to address your research question/test your hypothesis/es?
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- The research approach component of your probation assessment.
- A survey of techniques, methods, or methodologies in the field, as reported in key research publications.
- Notes from a discussion about the appropriateness, implementation and limitations of the methods used in a published study.
- Credit for successful completion of appropriate course(s) - such as statistics, data analysis or data handling.
This cloud is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.