Short Course Research Methodology

Only R 5,225.00 (incl VAT)

4 CPD Points


This course is about developing basic research skills to conduct qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods research and to develop your academic writing skills. You will learn how to clearly define a research problem and how to formulate research questions. You will also define and describe various research paradigms and research designs. Various sampling techniques, data collection methods and tools, data analysis methods and quality assurance techniques will be investigated. Furthermore, this course covers ethical principles in research.  In the end, you will be guided to design a research proposal for your intended research. 

Course Highlights

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Introduction
  • Study Unit 1
  • Study Unit 2
  • Study Unit 3
  • Study Unit 4
  • References
  • Post Course Activities

Who Should Enrol

Researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students that want to learn more about basic research -and writing skills and how to design a research proposal. 

Course Design

This is a fully online course.

Course Content

There are 4 study units in this course:

  1. Introduction to research and research approaches
  2. Academic writing
  3. Ethics and integrity in research
  4. Writing your research proposal

Course Highlights

You will be assisted step-by-step to design a research proposal for the purpose of postgraduate studies or for other research projects. 

Learning Outcomes

Once you have completed the learning activities for this short learning programme, you should be able to:

  • Identify a suitable research approach for your intended research.
  • Write in an academic sound way.
  • Identify and define the research problems, purpose and objectives of the research.
  • Conduct a literature review on the research topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and applied competencies in scientific research and the nature, methods and process of conducting quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Consider ethical principles in research.
  • Develop a research proposal.


You will have several assessment opportunities, which includes posts to the discussion forum, assignments and quizzes, among others. You will have various learning activities to engage with and tasks to complete. In the end, these tasks will help you to design your research proposal which will be submitted as the final summative assessment.