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Literature Review Compendium

Advanced Literature Review Techniques Course Overview: This course is designed to equip postgraduate research students, like yourself, Dr. [Your Last Name], with the advanced skills and methodologies required to conduct comprehensive literature reviews effectively. As a qualitative researcher and a coordinator, you understand the critical role that literature reviews play in academic research. This course will enable you to master the art of synthesizing, analyzing, and critically evaluating existing literature in your field, fostering your academic growth and enhancing your ability to contribute significantly to your chosen discipline. Course Objectives: 1. Understand the significance of literature reviews in academic research. 2. Develop advanced search strategies for identifying relevant literature. 3. Evaluate and critically appraise existing research literature. 4. Synthesize and organize literature effectively. 5. Identify gaps in current research and propose research questions. 6. Apply ethical considerations in conducting literature reviews. 7. Enhance your academic writing and citation skills. Course Outline: Module 1: Introduction to Literature Reviews - Understanding the role of literature reviews in research - Types of literature reviews and their purposes - Defining research questions and objectives for literature reviews Module 2: Searching for Literature - Effective search strategies and databases - Utilizing keywords and Boolean operators - Managing search results and citation management tools Module 3: Critical Appraisal of Literature - Evaluating the quality of research articles - Assessing bias, validity, and reliability - Using critical appraisal tools and frameworks Module 4: Synthesizing and Organizing Literature - Techniques for synthesizing and categorizing research findings - Developing conceptual frameworks and models - Creating literature matrices and mind maps Module 5: Identifying Research Gaps - Recognizing gaps in current literature - Formulating research questions based on gaps - Theoretical and conceptual frameworks for identifying gaps Module 6: Ethical Considerations - Ethical guidelines in conducting literature reviews - Avoiding plagiarism and maintaining academic integrity - Ethical issues in data extraction and reporting Module 7: Academic Writing and Citations - Writing literature review sections effectively - Proper citation styles and referencing - Avoiding common writing pitfalls and improving readability Module 8: Finalizing the Literature Review - Reviewing and revising your literature review - Incorporating feedback and suggestions - Preparing your literature review for publication Assessment: - Weekly assignments and quizzes - Literature review project - Peer reviews and discussions - Final examination By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in literature review work, making significant contributions to your academic and research pursuits. This course aligns with your aspirations to become a noted academic and data analyst, enhancing your ability to analyze, synthesize, and publish high-quality research literature.

Ethics in Research

This course explores the fundamental principles and ethical considerations involved in conducting research across various disciplines. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of ethical guidelines, responsible conduct of research, and the importance of integrity in the research process. Through case studies, discussions, and practical exercises, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate ethical challenges in their research endeavors.

Interactive Certificate in Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

The interactive certificate in Qualitative Evidence Synthesis provides participants with comprehensive training in qualitative research methodologies, emphasizing the synthesis of evidence from diverse qualitative studies. Through interactive modules, participants learn to conduct systematic reviews, utilize tools like COSTAQDA for effective data analysis, and interpret and integrate findings from qualitative research. The certificate program aims to enhance participants' skills in synthesizing qualitative evidence, contributing to their proficiency in critically evaluating and applying qualitative research in various fields.

Submit Mandatory Documents

Please submit the following:

  1. Certified ID Document
  2. Certified Certificates
  3. Completed CV in GCAR Format.  (Please see the template in the word document format below and make sure you follow it by starting with your Biographical Sketch. Please submit both in Word and PdF formats. Ensure to place your Face Picture in the CV as per attachment).
  4. Two reference letters/statements  from professionals (either as former managers or academics involved in your personal development)

Research Theory Development - 2019 Cohort


Objective:  Application of concepts and constructs as a demonstration of understanding and internalisation of the ideas learned in Introduction to Research Methods (Foundational Competence).  It is an enhancement of concepts ownership and personal theory development. 

This section entails the following:

 1.    Application of the concepts in research approach by outlining a research activity and protocol -  THE BIG PICTURE CONCEPT

 a.    Crafting of a question in the theme and concept of concern showing the issues the researcher desires to know.  This is certainly in a question form which will demand a researched ANSWER.

b.    Developing a title as a statement to describe the areas to be investigated

c.    Identifying a problem and justifying why it is a problem that demands attention

d.    Identifying the elements of Chapter 1 of your study and justifying their presence in that chapter

e.    Identifying the source of the problem investigated:

                                          1. Theory

                                           2. Research Recommendation

                                           3. Societal Trends and problems

Exit Learning Outcomes

 At the end of this trimester the learner will be able:

 1.    To explain why the research protocol is critical in leading to a problem solution

2.    To create a research question from a concept of concern clearly identifying what the learner seriously desires to know

3.    To develop a title from the research question essentially showing the details of the research document

4.    To list the elements of Chapter 1 and justify their presence in that chapter

5.    To define a problem and justify why it is a problem that must merit attention

6.     To explain the basis of the problem the researcher is pursuing


 Assessment Criteria

 1.    Assessment of Outcome One

 a.    Explain what a research protocol is

b.    Justify the need for a research protocol leading to a problem solution

c.    How is research protocol related to ethical procedures

 2.    Assessment of Outcome Two

 a.    Develop a research question from a research concept and justify the need to research that concept

b.    How many research questions must be answered in a study and why?

c.    What is the role of a question in a research study?

 3.    Assessment of Outcome Three 

 a.    Show how a title could emerge from a research question

b.    A title is also referred to as a statement.  Why so?

c.    Explain the relationship between a title and a delimitation concept

 4.    Assessment of Outcome Four

 a.    What is the purpose of chapter One

b.    List the elements or sections of chapter One

c.    Demonstrate their essential role in that chapter

 5.    Assessment of Outcome Four

 a.    Define a problem of study 

b.    Justify why it is a problem that merits attention

c.    Explain what the problem of research is founded on

Teacher: Dr King Costa

Introduction to Research Methods - 2024/2025

Research Language

Course Objective: Development of Concepts and Constructs based on Introduction to Research:

  1. Concepts development through etymological, denotational and contextual analysis.
  2. Philosophical personal perspectives on concepts elucidation based on solid research of concepts.
  3.  Development and understanding of the Language of Research
  4. Research concepts and constructs to be examined as a language of Research:                           

 (a) Research, Philosophy, Ethics, Validity, Reliability, Data Analysis, Qualitative and Quantitative approaches, Literature Review, Research Designs, Population, Sample, Instruments, Results/Findings, Discussion, Conclusion, Recommendations, Sampling approaches, Research Limitations and Delimitations, Hypothesis, Assumptions, Proposal, Abstract (IMRaD), Problem Statement, Research authorities, Statistical Analysis, etc                                                                               

(b) Content-Range: Philosophy, Research, Organisation, Management, Leadership, Strategy, Team Building, Coaching, Marketing, Mentoring, Education, Staffing, Supervision, Motivation, Communication, Principles, Stakeholders, Systems Thinking, Entrepreneurship, Contracts, Assessments, Moderation, Curriculum, Thesis, Dissertation

 Exit Learning Outcomes

 At the end of this trimester the learner will be able:

1- Understand research-related concepts from the etymological, denotative, and contextual viewpoints

2- To explain the philosophical basis and perspectives born from those research concepts.

3- To justify the fact that research is a language used to investigate issues of concern and generate solutions for the betterment of human life.

4- Expertly research and explain at least ten of the commonly used research concepts and jargon and show how they fit in a research document.

5- To present a TEN page document on any content issue of interest and relate it to the concepts and constructs dealt with in Outcome 1.

Assessment Criteria

Assessment of Outcome One

a.    Define at least six research concepts (indicate etymology, denotational and connotational meaning).

b.    Demonstrate usage of those concepts in solving research problems

c.    Show how context can help to define a concept without the use of a dictionary

d.    Show the difference between etymology and denotation in concepts definition

Assessment of Outcome Two:

a.    Show how philosophy relates to any three research concepts you dealt with

b.    Identify philosophical gurus who researched any three of those research concepts and show their theoretical stand

c.    Use the meaning of those terms and concepts to evidence your bias and theoretical stand

 Assessment of Outcome Three:

a.    Show how research terms and concepts could be classified as language.  Justify your stand.

b.    Present three images to demonstrate your conceptual grasp of how language paints pictures to enhance understanding.

 Assessment of Outcome Four:

a.    Show how many chapters a research document has and what each chapter entails

b.    Use five defined concepts and show how and where you will use them in the research document.

 Assessment of Outcome Five:

a.    Present a TEN page document on any content issue of interest and relate it to the concepts and constructs dealt with in 1.


This course is aimed at postgraduate research students, research professionals and managers who need foundational training on the research language.