CMS 302: Foundations of Communication Research

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to

  1. explain the meaning and features of scientific research;
  2. distinguish between scientific research and other ways of knowing;
  3. discuss the various types of research methods;
  4. explain the practical applications of conducting research;
  5. outline the process of conducting research;
  6. explain sampling procedure, population, sample; and
  7. explain the importance of ethics in media and communication research.
Course Contents

The primary aim of this course is to introduce students to the logic and methods of research in communication. Principles of research design, instrumentation, data collection and analysis are taught to enable students apply them effectively. The course will discuss qualitative and quantitative research methods (Focus Group Discussion, Interview, Participant Observation, Ethnography, Content Analysis, Textual Analysis, survey, sampling, and research ethics.