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Introduction to Research Methodology


12 Feb, 2024

Course overview

All decisions relating to business (from responding to customer’s evolving needs and preferences to conducting culture or employee engagement surveys), to scientific findings (i.e. diagnosis, treatment, new inventions), and government (i.e. regulations and policies) are best made based on ethical and sound research methodology. Research plays a significant role in identifying problems, obtaining the right data, outlining objectives and drawing sound conclusions. If you would like to master the ability to turn data into valuable information, interpret it accurately and make the correct inferences, and you would like to learn how to conduct, analyse and present research, then this course is for you. Individuals who are looking to conduct research for reporting purposes (integrated, annual, sustainability or showcase reports), tertiary students with aspirations of doing a post-graduate qualification or senior level staff who would like to embark on their Master’s Degree, would be well suited to this course.

Course curriculum

  • Module 1: Key Concepts in Research Methodology
  • Module 2: The Research Problem
  • Module 3: Research Approach and Design
  • Module 4: Data Sources and Data Collection
  • Module 5: Data Analysis
  • Module 6: The Research Report
  • Module 7: The Habits of a Good Researcher

Course outcomes

  • Provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of research methodology.
  • Provide participants with the skills to be able to engage critically with research.
  • Equip participants with the knowledge and skills to conduct research and apply the principles of research to the workplace or for study purposes.


Fatima Hassen Ragie

Course summary

Format: Wits certified online short course
Certification: Wits University certificate of competence
Duration: 9 weeks
Breakdown: 7 weeks consecutive online lectures, one exam in week 9
Hours per week: 5 to 7
Language: English

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Fatima Hassen Ragie

Fatima Hassen Ragie

Fatima is an environmental scientist with research interests in socio-ecology, sustainable resource management, urban sustainability, and Islam and the environment. She is an MSc graduate of the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. With experience in tutoring and teaching, she has completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Wits School of Governance.