Doing Research thesis – a step by step guide

Department
Business
Campus
Colombo
Level
Workshops
Method
Duration
04 Days
Commencement
Pending

Entry requirements

This is ideally suitable for those who follow a Masters or Bachelors study program in Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Information Systems Management, International Relations, Business Studies, Labor Studies, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences or any other relevant field, that requires doing a thesis at the end. Participants are expected to be conversant with English.

Course structure and modules

Introduction and planning
What is a research thesis and what it is not: Understand your task before you start
Selection of topic: Why change it the mid-way? Do it right from the beginning
Length, scope, and depth: Knowing this, in the beginning, will save your time later
Selection of the supervisor: What he /she will do and will not do for you
Planning and time management: How not to do it the week before submission
Proposal, Conceptualization and Literature Review
Thesis proposal: How to present your idea and influence people
Conceptualization can be tricky: You have to convince someone else
Building research questions and hypothesis: Let us practice with examples
Literature review: What it is and what it is not
Manage references: Introduction to Harvard and APA styles
Data Gathering and Analysis (Theory)
What is ‘data’ and how you gather them: Stepping stone to evidence-based research
Quantitative Research: How to get your numbers correct; strengths and limitations
Planning surveys: What best can be done within your time and financial constraints
Conducting surveys: Different techniques, traditional and online surveys, sampling, preparing questionnaires, interviews
Statistical concepts: Seeing beyond the raw data
Analysis with MS-Excel: The best starting point; simple and straightforward
Other statistical tools: Introduction to other statistical tools including SPSS
Presenting quantitative data: It goes far beyond than inserting a few simple graphs
Data Gathering and Analysis (Practical)
A Hands-on session up to 4 hours at NIBM computer labs on a pre-prepared case study. Each participant will get a PC to practice what he has learned in Session 3.
Compilation of the thesis (Theory)
Where to start and end: Why starting from the introduction is not a good idea
Academic writing is an art itself: How it differs from newspaper reporting
Language editing: How to avoid grammatical and other common language mistakes
Presenting qualitative data: Use of case studies, ethnographies, photographs
Conclusion: What value I add to the global knowledge base?
Compilation of the thesis (contd..) and Preparing for Presentation/Viva
Tables, Graphs, Content sheets, Abbreviations, etc: Minor matters, but let us do it right
Formatting: Introduction to Harvard and APA styles
Preparation for the viva: Typical questions you face from your evaluators (and how to respond)
Presentation techniques: It is more than doing a few PowerPoint slides
Individual Presentations
The participants will get an opportunity to present their work in front of a panel and the rest of the class. This is a simulation of the actual scenario. The participants will learn how best to present themselves confidentially in front of the viva-panel.
Sum-up; Revisit the lessons learnt and the next steps
Revision: The effective (and efficient) ways of introducing the proposed changes
Publishing your thesis: The best options; strengths and constrains of each

Programme Fees

LKR. 24,500/=

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