Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE DOC6040

 
TITLE Understanding Research Philosophy and Approaches to Theory Development

 
LEVEL D - Doctoral Workshops/Symposium

 
ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

 
DEPARTMENT Doctoral School

 
DESCRIPTION
This workshop will assist doctoral researchers in planning their research in relation to their research question/s. Participants are advised to reflect on the philosophical assumptions and issues underlying their choice of research paradigm, design, methodology, data collection techniques and analysis procedures. This is a crucial step that should be taken early in the research journey to enable doctoral researchers to comfortably explain their choices and therefore adequately answer their research question/s.

Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, doctoral researchers should be able to:

- define ontology, epistemology and axiology, and explain their relevance to research;
- understand the main research paradigms;
- explain the relevance of philosophical positions;
- distinguish between deductive, inductive and abductive approaches to theory development.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Timetable Details

Semester 1
Occ AE - Date: 15 Oct 2019; Time: 17:00 - 20:00; Duration: 3 hours

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Workshop

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

 
LECTURER/S Sandra Buttigieg

 
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