Week 1 of IT research methods was a lecture by Dr Jose Kuzic on the nature of research.  The lecture bounced between subjective opinions from experience in research and a a framework for conducting research questions.

  • Formulating Questions
  • Literature Analysis
  • Case Studies
  • Surveys
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Communication research

Also introduced were some research paradigms:

  • Scientific research (positivist)
  • Applied research (practical)
  • Social research (interpretive)

I feel that being aware of these paradigms is valuable but self imposing mutual exclusivity or black and white generalization would be counter productive (ie: oh well that’s just a positivist view/ I can’t do that I am doing applied research). A more pragmatic approach of using whatever the best method for reaching outcomes to a posed question regardless of paradigm would be required for good research.

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Induction and deduction in science (source: week 1 lecture notes)

Details of Assignment 1 and 2 were also made available on moodle this week. Assignment 1, a literature review and presentation seems like it will be an enjoyable assignment that will allow some synergy with other subjects.