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As this might be your first time studying with Coventry University, we’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of the experience. Comments FutureLearn is …

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Congratulations on completing Research for Construction Management. Thank you for joining us on this open course. We hope that you have enjoyed it and feel inspired to learn more. This …

Review of the course

In the second week of this course, we have looked at research philosophies in construction project cost management. In the closing video for this course, Dr Daisy Nwaozuzu looks back …

Typical framework for a research proposal

Let’s try to contextualise what you have studied so far. In this exercise you will be asked to write a draft proposal using a typical framework, give feedback to others …

Data analysis

To gain insight from the data you have collected, you need to carry out a detailed analysis. This important step should be closely aligned with your research design and should …

Data-collecting instruments

Data collection is an important step in the research process. The instrument you choose to collect the data will depend on the type of data you plan on collecting (qualitative …

Research methods

As a researcher, you need to find the most appropriate method to answer your research question. There are three broad approaches to research, otherwise referred to as research methods. These …

Common paradigms in research

Every research has a philosophical underpinning, and no research will take place within a philosophical vacuum. Let us now examine some of the more common paradigms and ask how they …

Research methodologies

Now that you explored research philosophies and paradigms in research, let’s look at the research methodologies that are applicable to construction research. Experimental research Experiments are powerful techniques for evaluating …

The three elements of a paradigm

Let’s explore how ontology, epistemology and methodology can link together to form the paradigm of your research strategy. Ontology Ontology is defined as the conception of reality, and in the …

Research philosophies

As a researcher, you will face the fundamental question of what philosophical structure and direction you should give your enquiry. In order to carry out any research, you should first …

Theoretical perspectives

Theory provides a framework for observation and understanding that shapes what we see and how we see it. Theory guides research, organises its ideas, and provides a context for predictions. …

Welcome back

Welcome to the second part of this open short course. In Week 1 you identified the key contemporary issues facing construction, project and cost management, and how research aims to …

Research questions, aims and objectives

Defining a clear research question, aim and objectives is a crucial step in your research project. However, these terms are often confused. The research question formulates a research problem that …

What questions should research address?

Questions form the foundation of research. They comprise of the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions, which help tease out answers from our investigation and curiosity. There are also question around …