Research Methods and Interpretation

Course code 73213

This course will introduce you to key research methods in the social and natural sciences. You will learn how different theories of knowledge including the scientific method, indigenous/traditional knowledge, and personal knowledge, informs research processes.  On successful completion of this course, you will gain knowledge of different research methods and be able to effectively evaluate published research papers and research processes.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1, 2 & 3 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    
    • 15 Credits or more at Level 5 and Above.

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us

The course will cover the following

  • The characteristics of research as ‘A way of knowing’.
  • Qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Identifying the key elements of the research process.
  • Distinguishing between specific research methods.
  • Selecting an appropriate research method.
  • Evaluating published research.


On successful completion of the course, you will be able to

  • Identify the characteristics of research as a ‘way of knowing’.
  • Distinguish between major approaches to research.
  • Identify key elements of a robust research process.
  • Distinguish between specific research methods.
  • Select and justify the most appropriate method for a particular research project.
  • Evaluate published research against general criteria and criteria specific to the approach and method used.

Other requirements

You need to have completed one Level 5 course at any recognised tertiary provider.

Access to a computer, the Internet and email.


100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

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