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Welcome to Research Methods in Practice: STEM. This course explores the practical applications of research methods in STEM disciplines. Through practical examples, scenarios and case studies, it will help you to reflect on the challenges you might face during your research project.
Research Methods in Practice: STEM is intended as an introduction to research methods in STEM disciplines. Principles of Research Methods provides a more in-depth overview of research methods, with examples in multiple disciplinary areas. We suggest that you complete Principles of Research Methods before starting this course.
Research in STEM enables us to explore and better understand the living, material and physical world around us, and to develop high-level analytical and problem-solving skills. Research Methods in Practice: STEM consists of two interconnected modules exploring data collection and analysis methods across a range of STEM disciplines, including the biomedical sciences, natural and physical sciences, engineering and applied mathematics. We recommend you complete both modules for a fuller understanding of the topics covered.
This module is designed to introduce you to a variety of data collection and sampling methods employed in STEM research, as well as issues relating to data management and to assumptions, preferences and bias. It will help you to identify and evaluate the methods and the type and quantity of data appropriate for your own research project.
If this is the first time you have accessed Research Methods in Practice: STEM, 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:
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 six questions and can be taken more than once (a new set of questions will appear).
Research Methods in Practice: STEM 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.