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Diploma in Research Methods and Skills

Skilful Academy is pleased to announce a Diploma in Research Methods and Skills the Course is offered through E-learning for Four Months.


This is the introductory course that will introduce undergraduate and graduate students, junior researchers, policy makers into the world of social science research. It provides new knowledge how learner can conduct an organized enquiry that aims at providing information for solving identified problems. The following are the topics that will be taught in the course: meaning of research, types of research, tools for research, research planning and design, review of literature, nature of data, research methodology, research proposal, sampling techniques, performing data analysis techniques, presentation of research results and referencing styles among others.

The learning adopts a problem solving approach which would include lecture and hand on sessions. The focus would be to undertake research Methodology in Social sciences based setting which includes planning, data collection, data entry, data editing, data analysis, report writing and publications. Interactive learning sessions would focus on “how to do” including hands on training to use statistical software for social Science.

The course is structured to act as a vehicle for analyzing your own quantitative research data, and is aimed at learners embarking on post graduate studies and junior Researchers. The course may be especially valuable for individuals returning to academic work after some absence from research, or to those who do not have a good foundation in data analysis using SPSS.


The core objective of the workshop was to equip the research scholars, students and practitioners with set of skills and potentiality to undertake the data analysis very effectively in the disciplines of social science and to turn completed research into publishable material of high quality in the form of M & E reports, articles, journals and books. This course is designed to offer the practical guidelines and direct the researchers through all the stages of proposal writing, tools development, data collection, data analysis from data entry problem to the advance statistical analysis.

The course provides students with skills that are needed to conduct original, rigorous and reliable research and intends to deal with variety of quantitative research methods used in social science researches. It also gives exposure to data analysis with the help of software packages. The workshop consists of both theory and practical. By the end programme we are expected to develop conceptual clarity and practical knowledge to undertake quality research and writing good research papers, field-reports and project proposals.


  • Professionals Researchers
  • Undergraduate & Postgraduate Students
  • University Lecturers


Week Topics Remarks
1 · General introduction and Course Overview

· Meaning of Research

o   The Aims of Research

o    Types of Research

o    Tools for research

o    Classification of research by methods

o   Characteristics of research

During this first week, the general rule governing the conduct of the lecture will be discussed. Mode of assessment and the need for student attendance in class will be given. Moreover students’ expectations for the course will be documented.
2 ·         Understand the concept of Variables

·         Developing Research Model

·         Identifying and Defining Research Problem

o   Understanding the characteristics of the research problem.

o   How the research problem differs from the other parts of the research?

o   Discussion: Why is the research problem important?

o   Steps of Writing Research Problem (4 step approach)

Practical exercise will student writing a research Problem on a particular topic of their interest.
3&4 ·         Preparation of research proposal

o   General components of a typical proposal

o   Background and introduction section of the proposal

o   Purpose and objectives of the proposal

o   Research questions of the proposal

o   Scope of the study and significance

Practical exercise will student writing a introduction section on a particular topic of their interest.
5&6 ·         Review of literature

o   The Purpose of the Review

o    How to write the section on related literature  Types of Literature

o    Conceptual Framework

o   How to cite sources properly?

The learner will be asked to look for five journal materials each on a topic and produce a report on these literatures. This will be a good exercise to know how to conduct literature search as well as producing a report afterwards
7 ·         Research Methodology

·         Research design

o   Quantitative Research Approach

o    Qualitative Research Approach

o    Mixed Methods Approach

o   Exercises will involve identifying the best approach for a particular type of research and justifying their choice.

o   Learner should complete the introduction section

8&9 ·         Population & Sampling

·         Sample size & Population Determination

•          Probability and Non-probability sampling techniques

o   Selecting and justifying appropriate sampling techniques

o   Assessing the representativeness of respondents

o   Students will be requested to determine sample size for a hypothetical group.

o   Learner should complete the review of literature

10 ·         Data Collection Techniques

·         Data analyses techniques

Learner should complete the methodology section
11 ·         General Guidelines for writing research proposal You should collect your own data to use for the following weeks
12 ·         Introduction to data management in SPSS

o   What is SPSS?

o    SPSS structure, interface, and windows.

o   Define the dataset variables and their attributes.

o   Codebook and data gathering tools.

o   Import data to SPSS to create datasets.

o   Clean and filter datasets and manage missing data;.

o   Perform data manipulation and transformation.

o   Descriptive statistics and frequencies.

o   Data distributions and central tendencies: mean, mode, and median.

o   Dispersion: range, variance, standard deviation, skewness, kurtosis, percentiles, and interquartile.

o   Generating and analyzing basic graphical presentations;.

Learner Should done data entering and editing by the end of this week
13 ·         Data analysis using SPSS

o   Exploratory Factor analysis

o   Reliability test

o   Descriptive analysis (Graphs: Bar Chart, Pie Chart, Histogram, Scatter Plot/ Cross-tabs)

  • Calculating Measures of Central Tendency and Variability.
Student should Report the descriptive analysis by the end of this week
14 ·         Statistical techniques to explore relationships among variables- Predictive Models using SPSS

  • Correlation
  • Linear Regression
  • Multiple Regression
Student should Report the relationship analysis by the end of this week
15 Statistical tests to compare groups

  • One Sample T Test
  • Independent Samples T Test
  • Paired Samples T Test
  • One-Way ANOVA

Non- Parametric analysis

  • Chi-Square test
Learner should Report the compare analysis by the end of this week
16 Basic mediation and Moderation analysis in SPSS

  • Mediation Test
  • Moderation test
Learner should complete all the findings report and discussion
17 Guidelines for writing research report

  • Abstract
  • Discussion of the Findings and Results
  • Implication of the study
  • Conclusion and Recommendation


  • The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works and case studies.
  • Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.
  • Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued with a certificate.
  • The training will be conducted through pre-recorded videos and live weekly sessions.
  • The course fee covers tuition fees and training materials.
  • Duration of the Course is 24 weeks
  • To graduate you need successfully complete of the assignments, assessments and attendance is very important for live session.


Course Duration: 4Months

Registration and Certification Fee: $10 USD

Undergraduate Fees: $35 USD Per months

Others Fees: $50 USD months)


Dr. Ali Yassin Sheikh is an outstanding young scholar and assistant professor at SIMAD University. He holds Bachelor in Applied economics, MBA, MEPM and PhD in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) from International University of Africa in Sudan (IUA), Kampla University and Sudan University of Science and Technology respectively. Ali’s research interests include business innovation, Macroeconomics, Performance measurements and new technologies, women entrepreneurship, and organizational communication. He has published numerous articles at peer refereed international and local. Check the Google scholar link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=JELSragAAAAJ


For further inquiries for this course, please contact the organizer for the following contact.

Mobile: +252 611 590 590 email: social@skilful.so

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