Research Methodology in IST (ISTN4RM) – 16 credits

This module is compulsory for all fourth year students.

Offered at:  Westville (first semester), Pietermaritzburg (first semester)

Prerequisite Requirement:  Acceptance into the Honours Programme

Content:  To enable students to develop research and communication skills within the information systems discipline in order that they can construct a working research proposal, and complete a postgraduate research dissertation if required.  Topics include:  Presenting formal work, Research Problem, Types of Research (Quantitative methods, Qualitative methods), Planning the research project, Tools of research (Theoretical tools including, Sampling & questionnaires, Hypothesis construction and testing, Multivariate analysis, Computer-based tools), Writing the Research proposal (Dissertation), Citation, referencing and plagiarism, Evaluating research works.

Assessment:  Assignments and/or tests (60%), proposal (40%).

For further information, please refer to the College of Law and Management Studies handbook.

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