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This content is taken from the Coventry University's online course, Researching Risk, Disasters and Emergencies. Join the course to learn more.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds Would you like to know about what can we do to help other people before and during disasters? Are you curious about how we can improve the water and sanitary facilities in refugee camps? Would you like to explore how we can utilise drones and virtual reality to help with emergency response exercises? These are potential research directions in resilience, crisis, disasters and emergency management disciplines. This week, we will examine what is research, and the process of doing research. Research is about finding something that is not known to anyone. Research is also about making a contribution to the body of knowledge. Academic research is about using systematic approach to discover new or collate old facts.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds We will provide you with fundamental knowledge of how to design, plan and carry out research. We will also explore how to summarise and write up your findings. We would like to share with you the challenges that we have encountered from our research. We will also like to share with you some more examples of research in the disciplines of crisis, disaster and emergency management. So, welcome to the course.

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Research is about discovery: finding out something new or a new way of understanding the world that nobody has yet understood.

Beyond this though, research is also about sharing that knowledge and contributing to the academic body of work on a subject.

To do this you need to approach your research in a manner that ensures a rigorous analytical process, which can then be shared in a manner that others can follow and appreciate. This is why planning your research to take an academic, systematic approach is important.

In the video, your lead educator, Dr Yung-Fang Chen, welcomes you to this Coventry University Online open course.

This course is the opening two weeks of the wider program in Research Perspectives and Practice, which forms part of the MSc Emergency Management and Resilience online degree at Coventry University, delivered via FutureLearn.

This week you will …

  • Appreciate the meaning of research

  • Examine the process of carrying out research

  • Identify sources for research

  • Explore the possibilities of research in disaster, emergency and resilience disciplines

Meet the team

Your lead educator on the course is Dr Yung-Fang Chen, who is senior lecturer in disaster management and emergency planning.

Your associate lecturer is Gareth Black, an emergency planning and crisis management practitioner, who will guide you through the course. He is an emergency planning and crisis management practitioner. Gareth has worked with companies all over the world to improve their crisis management capabilities with a particular specialism in the health sector.

You can follow them by navigating to their FutureLearn profile page and clicking ‘follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments she makes.

Checking your progress

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, click the ‘mark as complete’ button. This will update your progress page, and help you keep track of the steps you’ve completed. Any steps you’ve finished will turn blue on your to-do list.

You can check your progress page by clicking the icon at the top of the step. You’ll then see what percentage of the course steps you’ve marked as complete.

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