LIS professionals need to do research in order to add to the body of professional knowledge and to improve the working of their organizations. This course is designed to develop a basic understanding of qualitative research procedures relevant to a variety of situations
The course is designed to achieve the following objectives:
B. Course Description
Introduction to qualitative research; Epistemological foundations; Research design and strategies; Interview; Field notes; Participant observation; Case study; Focus group; Qualitative data analysis; Applied qualitative research; Validity and reliability in qualitative research; Report writing
C. Teaching Methodology
The course will be conducted as a combination of lecture, discussion, and presentation methods. Students will be expected to do extensive reading for each topic and engage in meaningful class discussion. They will be required to evaluate published research.
D. Course Requirements and Evaluation
Performance of students will be evaluated on the following basis:
a) Presentations and assignments or Critique of research articles 20 marks
Each student will select, with the approval of the lecturer, four research articles using different methods and submit a critique for each one of about 400 words following the guidelines provided in class.
b) Mid Term examination30 marks
c) Final examination50 marks
E. Text Books
F. Suggested Readings