Issues in Testing and Research

Every aspect of the scientific enterprise, from conception of a project to dissemination through the popular media, is fraught with conflict. This course will sensitise students to some of the concerns, including the role of funding agencies, publication decisions, measurement issues, null hypothesis significance testing, selective reporting of data, double blind studies, introspection, and philosophical challenges to scientific methodology. There will be discussion of potential problems of various research designs, including surveys, comparative research, and archival research.

Modular Credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-3-6.5
Pre-requisite(s): Completed 80 MCs of which student must have passed PL1101E, PL2131, PL2132, and 4 out of the 5 core modules (PL3232 - PL3236), with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week