The essence of any research project is the physical collection of data. This will support to answer the initial research questions and bridging the research gap. In Destination 1(Pre-proposal stage) you took an inventory of past research efforts that laid the foundation moving forward. In Destination 3 (Proposal Writing), we clearly defined our research strategy with a step-by-step plan of action offering direction and ensuring appropriate timing. Now we can confidently implement our plan of action by having a clear understanding of where our research has been, and where we strive to go.
Data Analysis is the process of systematically applying statistical and/or logical techniques to describe and illustrate, condense and recap, and evaluate data.
Considerations/issues in data analysis
There are a number of issues that researchers should be cognizant of with respect to data analysis. These include:
You can use a range of statistical packages for editing, analyzing and presenting numerical data collected during your research. UJ gives you access to these statistical packages through the student portal (Blackboard). License keys and installation guides are also available from Blackboard.
Please note that UJ Statistical Consultation Service (SCS) provides a professional, goal-orientated statistical consultation service to postgraduate students and researchers at UJ with regards to research design and methodology, experimental and questionnaire design, and statistical analysis of data. For assistance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research methods are the systematic tools used to conduct research. Basically, they are the rules researchers follow to collect information in order to seek an answer to their research question.
Mixed Methods Research
SAGE Research Methods Online is an online collection of information (handbooks, articles, videos) that support beginning and advanced researchers looking for the best methods to use in their research.
This collection covers a range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioral sciences, as well as many methods commonly used in the sciences. You can also find information on other parts of doing research such as writing a research question, gathering and analyzing data, preparing a literature review and publishing findings.
Turnitin is an electronic text matching system that compares text in a student assignment against a database of sources …and provides an originality report in which ‘matched’ text is underlined, color-coded and linked to either the original source or a similar document on its database…also offers an indication of the proportion of the submitted work that matches other sources” (Curtin 2014). The guide below will assist you in accessing Turnitin from the student portal (Blackboard)
Academic misconduct is any action or attempted action that may result in creating an unfair academic advantage for oneself or an unfair academic advantage or disadvantage for any other member or members of the academic community. This includes a wide variety of behaviors such as cheating, plagiarism, altering academic documents or transcripts, gaining access to materials before they are intended to be available, and helping a friend to gain an unfair academic advantage