Course Title:     Seminar on Research Design

Course code: SRD 772                                     Credit hours 1.5

Teaching hours 24                              Level: Doctor of Philosophy

Objective of the course

This course is developed for the second semester Ph. D. students of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This course will be conducted by the Dean’s Office in first half of the second semester. Thecourse consists ofthree interrelated sections, which are intended to help students develop their research proposal and research methodology. Designed as a research practicum component, the course allows students to develop full-fledged research design based on their preliminary conceptualization of the issue or area under investigation. During the course, students will prepare a research proposal on areas of their interest which will be finalized and presented during the second half of the semester conducted by the central departments.

Unit I: Overview on research proposal format

  • Selection of Title
  • Background

Unit II. Literature, problem identification and relevant theories

  • Literature review in research preparation
  • Role and purpose of literature review
  • Literature review as foundation and inspiration
  • Looking ahead over common concerns of literature review
  • Literature review as foundation to problem identification and exploration of relevant theories for doctoral research works
  • Theoretical framework in dissertation research: Understanding, selection and integration

Unit III: Research problem, research design and Research tool development

  • Selection of research approach
  • Philosophical worldviews and development of research problem and research questions
  • Research design: quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods
  • Use of theory: quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods
  • Research methods and tools development
  • Research problem and selection of relevant tools
  • Ethical issues in field method design and implementation

Unit IV: Data collection/generation, analytical approaches and interpretation

  • Collecting and generating adequate and appropriate data
  • Worldviews, theories and analytical approaches reconsidered
  • Interpreting qualitative and quantitative data in answering research questions (report writing)
  • Academic document as a story


Boote, David N and Beile, Penny (2005).Scholars before researchers:On the centrality of the dissertation literature review in research preparation, Educational Researcher, Vol. 34, No. 6, pp. 3–15

Creswell, JW (2014). Research Design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. New Delhi: Sage.

Edmonds, W. Alex & Kennedy, Thomas D, (2017).An Applied Guideto Research Designs: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods (Second edition), New Delhi: Sage.

Grant, C. and Osanloo A. (2014). Understanding, selecting, and integrating atheoretical framework in dissertation research: Creating the blueprint for your “house,” Administrative issues Journal: Connecting education, practice and research. volume 4 issue 2, pp. 12-26. DOI: 10.5929/2014.4.2.9.

Leavy, Patricia (2017). Research Design: Quantitative,Qualitative, Mixed Methods,Arts-Based, and Community-BasedParticipatory Research Approaches. New York: The Guilford Press.


As suggested by some experts, course tile should be revised as “Research Practicum” or “Research Method, Research Design, and Data Analysis”.

 Assessment Methods and Types


Attendance and participation                           10%

Preparation of term paper with topic, review

and research gap and problem statement              20%

Preparation of term paper with research design,

data collection tools and techniques including

previous section                                 20%

Preparation and submission of draft proposal           20%

Presentation and viva voce                            30%


Total                                           100%