This lecture note on research methodology is primarily aimed at Information Technology students. It is also hoped to be useful for other individuals who would like to understand the basic principles and undertake  Information  Technology. There is  a  strong belief that  it will serve as  a guideline for undergraduate Information Technology students as they are required to identify the most important society problems and carry out some research work. Chapter one deals with the general introduction and it is devoted to giving basic definitions of important terms and characteristics of research  in general and Information Technology research in particular. Chapter two gives the guidelines useful for the identification and selection of a research topic. The questions relating to whether a research problem is adequately  analyzed  and whether it is clearly stated  are addressed in Chapter  three. Chapters four and five deal with literature review and the development of research objectives, respectively. A special emphasis is given to Chapter six which is the Chapter that contains the many elements of the “Methods” section of a research proposal. This Chapter presents the format that an investigator may follow when writing the final draft of his/her research proposal. It also gives the guidelines for writing a report. The last chapter is devoted to giving a brief account of the definitions of common terms applied in computer use and the application of some statistical packages. A special emphasis is given.

In general, this lecture note tries to cover the three major components of a research process: development of the research proposal, fieldwork (data collection) and write-up of the scientific report. General learning objectives followed by introductory sections which are specific to each chapter are placed at the beginning of most of the chapters. The lecture note also includes a number of exercises for the students so that they can examine themselves whether they have understood the topic under consideration.  It  is  assumed  that  this  lecture  note  on  research  methodology  will  be  given   to Information Technology students. It is also important to note that this lecture note focuses on quantitative research. When the point of discussion refers to qualitative research, it would be clearly shown so as to avoid the confusion that may arise. A few reference materials  are given at the end of the lecture note for further reading.

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