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Introduction to research methods

  • This MOOC is about demystifying research and research methods. It will outline the fundamentals of doing research, aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at the postgraduate level. 
  • The course will appeal to those of you who require an understanding of research approaches and skills, and importantly an ability to deploy them in your studies or in your professional lives. In particular, this course will aid those of you who have to conduct research as part of your postgraduate studies but do not perhaps have access to research methods courses, or for those of you who feel you would like additional support for self-improvement. No prior knowledge or experience in research is required to take this course and as such, the course is for everyone.

Working with your supervisors

What you'll learn:

  • Understand the common emotional experiences of research students and why they tend to have emotional issues in common.
  • Discuss and create strategies and approaches to help research students cope with the emotional challenges of research study.
  • Help academics and prospective academics become more effective research supervisors. 
  • Here, you can find examples of problems that may arise in the relationship between a supervisor and the person supervised, and suggestions for dealing with the problems.

Research ethics

The page covers  the following:

  • Conflict of interest
  • Research misconduct
  • Publication and authorship
  • Collaborative research
  • Peer review
  • Research data management

The focus points:

  • Transparency and confidentiality
  • Freedom of expression and loyalty
  • Acceptable and unacceptable relationships
  • Handling conflicts of interest
  • Blowing the whistle on dishonesty and research fraud
  • The research process: contracts and reporting routines
  • Storage, use and publication of data and personal data
  • The dilemmas of multidisciplinary work
  • Approvals and notifications of research projects

The RMIT Library research guides

Research Data Management