Uganda Management Institute Methods of Research
There are many ways to do research and you will be introduced to these methods in the methodology course. You may decide to take qualitative, quantitative, or a mix of the two methods of research, or you may decide to do library research. You may also decide to start with a research question and attempt to create theories rather than make use of existing theories (grounded theory). However, whichever method you choose, we encourage you to be creative. Please discuss your method fully with your supervisor.
At the end of the methodology course, you will submit a one- page summary of the proposal to the SPGS through the course lecturer (s). The full research proposal is submitted to the research lecturer and constitutes the course work for the course. If your research is approved, you will be allocated a supervisor who will assist you while you prepare and write up the research. We advise you to read widely in your chosen area. Once your approach has been approved by your supervisor, you may proceed with data collection.
Once the data collection period is completed, it is time to collate, present, and analyze the data. Please ensure that you keep careful records while in the field and ensure your sample is large enough to allow for concrete analysis and recommendations. At this stage of your work, you should still be reading as much as possible in order to present the background/theories to your research and link your findings with current academic debates and research.
When you are analyzing your data, you must do so in the light of the current scholarship. Be precise in terms of how you use secondary sources to support (or even refute!) your findings. Your use of literature in the area of your study is extremely important and you must be as familiar as possible with current theories and literature. Once you have written up each chapter, make sure that you proofread it carefully before submission to your supervisor. You should then amend and correct as indicated.
Supervisors expect to see each individual part of your research as these are completed. Allow ample time for supervisors to read individual chapters. The full research work should be submitted on the date stipulated. Please ensure that all the work submitted to your supervisor is quality work that has been carefully proofread and corrected to eliminate grammatical, typological, and formatting errors. Your supervisor is not your proofreader. Also remember that supervisors may need up to three weeks to read a full draft, so ensure that you allow them enough time to read your work and to return it to you for correction before final submission for examination.
Supervisors have the right to refuse permission for you to submit research that is not up to the required standard. You should note that it is advantageous for you to meet all deadlines with quality work. Supervisors keep detailed supervision records and you should sign this record each time you consult with your supervisor.