This course is about developing basic research skills to conduct qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods research and to develop your academic writing skills. You will learn how to clearly define a research problem and how to formulate research questions. You will also define and describe various research paradigms and research designs. Various sampling techniques, data collection methods and tools, data analysis methods and quality assurance techniques will be investigated. Furthermore, this course covers ethical principles in research.  In the end, you will be guided to design a research proposal for your intended research. 

Who Should Enrol

Researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students that want to learn more about basic research -and writing skills and how to design a research proposal. 

Course Content

There are 4 study units in this course:

  • Introduction to research and research approaches
  • Academic writing
  • Ethics and integrity in research
  • Writing your research proposal

Learning Outcomes

Once you have completed the learning activities for this short learning programme, you should be able to:

  • Identify a suitable research approach for your intended research.
  • Write in an academic sound way.
  • Identify and define the research problems, purpose and objectives of the research.
  • Conduct a literature review on the research topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and applied competencies in scientific research and the nature, methods and process of conducting quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Consider ethical principles in research.
  • Develop a research proposal.

Course Design

This is an online course.

Course Duration

Participants have 8 weeks to complete the assessment process from date of registration.


You will have several assessment opportunities, which include posts to the discussion forum, assignments and quizzes, among others. You will have various learning activities to engage with and tasks to complete. In the end, these tasks will help you to design your research proposal which will be submitted as the final summative assessment.


Accredited with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) for 4 Credits.

Accredited according to the HPCSA Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 30 Ethical CEU's on Level 2.



To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should complete all learning activities online and successfully complete the assessment process.

Course Fee

R 3 950.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and taxes where applicable). 


Intake date

Intake 1:  01 Mar 2024

Intake 2:  02 May 2024

Intake 3:  15 Jul 2024

Intake 4:  01 Oct 2024


For more information please contact:

FPD School of Natural Sciences


Tel: 012 110 4080/ 087 821 1109

30.0 Ethics Points

30.0 Max Points

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This is an e-learning course. Participants have 6 weeks to complete all learning and assessment activities online.