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Advanced Certificate in Research and Development VGN009

Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate

Develop Your Abilities in R & D

Research and Development is critical to every industry today. 

The most successful enterprises and individuals are those that understand and invest in well conceived, planned and executed R & D.

 

 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Research and Development VGN009
 ETHICS BPS217
 RESEARCH PROJECT I BGN102
 RESEARCH PROJECT II BGN201
 RESEARCH PROJECT III - BGN202
 RESEARCH PROJECT IV (Thesis) - BGN301
 STATISTICS - BSC304
 TECHNICAL WRITING - BWR301
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 17 modules.
 BUSINESS PLANNING BBS302
 DISSERTATION BHT330
 ENTREPRENEURSHIP - BBS204
 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - BEN301
 INDUSTRY PROJECT BIP000
 INDUSTRY PROJECT II BIP001
 INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT - VIT203
 MANAGING INNOVATION BBS209
 PHYSICS BSC206
 PLANT BREEDING BHT236
 PROJECT MANAGEMENT BBS201
 SQL FOR THE WEB - BIT201
 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT BBS207
 WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY VBS103
 WORKSHOP I BGN103
 WORKSHOP II BGN203
 WORKSHOP III BGN302

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Develop Your Abilities in R & D

Research and Development is critical to every industry today. 

In the past you may have been able to find a way of working, and stuck with it for decades, but the way we do most jobs today is transient. New methods are constantly being developed, as are new products. Everything is constantly under review, and with new ideas, technologies and scientific discoveries, the workplace and the marketplace constantly changes.

Research and Development initiatives are a big part of what is driving change. Breakthrough in R & D can result in big jumps in productivity as well as accessibility and quality of services (or products).

The most successful enterprises and individuals are those that understand and invest in well conceived, planned and executed R & D.

This course is relevant to Research and Development of anything including the following and much more:

  • Science and technology
  • Social Services
  • Agricultural or Industrial Products
  • Environmental Management
  • Health and Wellbeing

When you understand how to research and develop; you then know how to improve everything you are involved with, at work of course, but much more than just that.

 

Course Duration:

900 hours of self-paced study

 

Do you understand how to Conduct Research Properly?

Research isn't just a skill needed by a research scientist or academic. Research skills are critical to every day life -running a business, planning for more success, spending money more effectively. 

Research involves gathering, sorting and analysing information. It involves determining what is and is not true and useful.

To properly undertake research you need to learn about and understand:

  • Ethics in Research - Protection from harm, Debriefing, Consent,  Confidentiality, Right to withdraw etc.
  • Asking the question – Writing the hypothesis and aim, What is a hypothesis, Types of hypothesis, What is an aim, Writing aims
  •  Selecting Participants - Sampling methods,  Opportunity sampling, Snowball sampling, Random sampling, Stratified sampling etc.
  • Experiments - Laboratory experiments, Field experiments, Natural experiments, Strengths and weakness
  • Variables - IV,  DV, Extraneous Variables
  • Experimental Design - Repeated measures – definition, strengths and weaknesses, examples; Independent measures – ditto,  Matched pairs,  Counterbalancing
  • Reliability and validity, correlations, interviews and questionnaires, observations
  • Writing up a report, including referencing

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Meet some of our academics

Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
Dr Lynette Morgan (Horticulture)Lyn worked with Rivendell Mushroom Farm between 1986 and 88; and then as a research assistant and technician for a few years while undertaking university studies. In 1991 she graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Horticultural Science (Hons) which covered broad horticultural sciences, as well as nursery vegetable and fruit production. Throughout the 90's she worked in both the nursery industry and horticultural crop production, before establishing her own business "Suntec" which has built an exceptional international reputation providing consulting services; particularly in hydroponic crop production. Dr Morgan has a broad expertise in horticulture and crop production, and a keen appreciation of the global scene. She travels widely as a partner in Suntec Horticultural Consultants, and has clients in central America, the USA, Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.


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