Semester Offering: January
The graduates are expected to have the ability to evaluate problems effectively and propose practical solutions. Practitioners must be able to conceptualize programs to acquire quantitative information, to analyse, interpret data and draw conclusions and to view the practices of research and writing as inseparable dimensions of one process. This course provides students with various research planning approaches and proposal development tools as well as providing necessary writing and presentation skills for their thesis research.


Research approaches; tools for identifying research problems;; data collection and management; monitoring and evaluation; development of draft thesis research proposal; proposal presentations.




    I Overview of Research Approaches
    1. Scientific Method
    2. Systems Approach

    II Analytical Tools for Identification and Clarification of Research Problems
    1. Logical, Lateral, Critical, Reactive and Pro-active Thinking
    2. Development of Thinking Habits
    3. Problem Analysis Tool

    III. Developing Research Hypotheses
    1. Clarification of Terminology: Introduction, Problem Statement, Rationale, Goal, Purpose, Overall Objective, Specific Objectives, Scope of the Study, Limitations of the Study, Statistical Hypothesis, Research Hypothesis, Outputs, Indictors, Summary, Abstract, Key Words, Chapters, Literature Review, Results & Discussion, Discussion, Conclusion and Recommendation for the end Users, Recommendations for Further Studies.
    2. Writing Up of the Research Problem
    3. Research Scope

    IV Writing Research Interest and Developing Research Objectives
    1. Research Proposals
    2. Writing Literature Search and Review Articles
    3. Thesis and Dissertation Format
    4. Journal Articles Formats
    5. Quoting and Citing other Research
    6. Referencing Format


Lecture Notes


  1. Becker, Howard S.: Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article . Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1986.
  2. Day, A.: How to Get Research Published in Journals. London : Gower, Aldershot , 1996.
  3. Elbow, P.: Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process, 2nd ed., New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
  4. McCloskey, D.: (1985) Economical Writing. Economic Inquiry . 24(2): 187-222.
  5. Turabian, K.: A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6 th ed., Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1996.
  6. Wolcott, H.: Writing Up Qualitative Research, 2nd ed., Newbury Park , CA : Sage, 2001
  7. E. De Bono: Master Thinkers Handbook, Penguin books, 1985.


      Assignments and class presentation 50%
      Final exam 50%.

      Closed book final exam