GEN203 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to research methodology. Students learn some fundamental research concepts and the skills needed to write an effective research paper. Students learn how to identify various research topics, define a research problem statement, find, use, evaluate, and cite information from credible sources. The course will incorporate a variety of methodologies including lecture, discussion, research papers, and test questions.

Course Code: GEN203

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between quantitative and qualitative theories and recognize examples of each.
  • Define the following key terms: basic research, applied research, descriptive research.
  • Understand the components of a research paper.
  • Write a research papers using either MLA or APA format.

Main Textbook

Research and the Research Problem

Additional on-line Readings:

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a) Owl at Purdue 
b) APA

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Participation: 30% (10 assignments, 3% each)
  • Attendance: 10%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Research paper: 40%
  • Final exam: 10%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

 1- A part of the course requirements is to submit a research paper, except for certain courses.

 2- The chosen topic must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.

 3- Joint project / research is allowed, up to 3 students, and upon the instructor’s approval.

 4- The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • Consider either MLA or APA guides for writing research papers.
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference.
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs.
  • When quoting Hadeeth, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly stated.

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  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

Additional Information:

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  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Your work will be checked and graded on weekly basis, in sha Allah.

Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing moral and well-knowledgeable leaders who provide research-based Islamic alternatives that enable the Muslims to contribute to the success of their country.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.