Excerpt from course description

Research Design and Methodological Choices


Research design is commonly defined as a program or a blueprint that guides researchers through the process of collecting, analyzing and interpreting observations. Its essentialness is however rooted in its effects on the validity of knowledge claims. Research design is pivotal in affecting the strength, persuasiveness, and authoritativeness of claims concerning causality, external validity, and construct validity, to name a few. Research design is both a science and an art. While some of the major principles are firmly established, we continuously observe rejuvenations, extensions as well as bold innovations. The course examines in detail an amalgam of research designs and common design pitfalls with the aim of assisting students in designing research inquiry which is publishable, influential and important.

Course content

The course will cover a wide range of issues including:

  • Research designs
  • Validity
  • Sampling
  • Measurement
  • Common method bias
  • Unit of analysis
  • Moderation and mediation effects
  • Introduction to databases
  • Theory and theoretical contribution
  • Getting research published
  • Research and ethics


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