Update your skills or gain the insight, language and techniques required to carry out empirical research in a range of disciplines.
This Certificate provides an overview of the empirical research process, theories and methods so as to provide students with the insight, language and skills required to carry out empirical research in a range of disciplines. Traditionally, research approaches could be categorised in ways such as science, humanities or art-practice based research. Increasingly, inter-and multi-disciplinary movements are calling for more collaboration between these areas, while preserving an empirical (i.e. evidence-based) approach. Throughout the course, the research methods are discussed in the context of real research studies. The course emphasises questions, discussion and debate around the content.
You will discover how to:
Develop appropriate and interesting research questions.
Design an empirical research study (e.g. experiment,
survey, observation, interview, use of tests and scales).
Identify and evaluate alternative research designs.
Critically evaluate empirical research findings and reports.
Communicate the findings of an empirical research study to a wider audience through alternative methods (e.g. poster, website, oral presentation, empirical APAstyle report).