Introduction to Research Methodology

Course information

Format: Wits accredited 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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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.
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
Certificate of competence
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.
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Ajwang Warria

Ajwang is a registered social worker and currently working as a Senior Lecturer. She has been lecturing in the Department of Social Work, School of Human and Community Development (Faculty of Humanities) at the University of the Witwatersrand (“Wits”) since 2011. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Cape Town (UCT). Prior to joining Wits, she worked in the counter-human trafficking field in southern Africa and practiced extensively as a social worker with refugee children and children living and working on the streets.

Fatima 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.

Erasmos Charamba

Erasmos holds a Diploma in Education, BTech Degree in Education Management, Honours BEd degree (Science Education), MEd (Science Education), and a PhD in Education. He has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. His research interests are in Science education, Multilingual and Multicultural Education. He is currently a Postdoc Fellow with the School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Mahlatse Rabothata

Mahlatse is very passionate about engineering education and skills development and has been involved in a number of projects aimed at assisting students with academic challenges within the faculty of engineering. He is currently enrolled at Wits University for a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and works at the Academic Development Unit (in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment) as a Student “At Risk” Coordinator. His duties include the early detection of students facing academic and non-academic challenges and then providing or recommending interventions for overcoming as well as coping with those challenges.
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