Using the module
Welcome to Principles of Research Methods. This course explores the principles and practices of research methodologies for a range of disciplines. It will help you reflect on the challenges you might face during your Master's degree and/or Ph.D. through contemporary case studies and multidisciplinary scenarios.
This module is designed to introduce you to the most important sampling methods.
If this is the first time you have accessed the Principles of Research Methods course, or if you need a brief reminder, here is some information on how the screens are organised, and some of the tools and features that are used throughout:
The poll questions are designed to help you think about your own situation and attitudes, and to compare your responses to those of others taking the course. Consider talking to an academic advisor about your responses.
Throughout this course, you will see additional learning opportunities in 'pods'. Exploring the information provided in the pods will enrich the learning experience.
At the very end of each module, you have the opportunity to test your learning further with a multiple-choice quiz. This consists of four questions and can be taken more than once (a new set of questions will appear).
The Principles of Research Methods course is designed to gradually build up your understanding and skills. We recommend that you complete the modules in the order given, but they have been designed so you can access each of them independently according to your own requirements and those of your institution.