Design in Research Methods

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  • Consider past research.
  • Decide on research aims and/or a hypothesis.. (could be provided in an exam question) 
  • Decide on a directional or non-directional hypothesis. 


  • Decide on target population and research method... should be related to aims and advantages and disadvantages of each method.
  • Identify independent and dependent variables or co-variables. 
  • Design decisions must be involved.
  • Describe the materials you will be using.
  • Consider validity and reliability issues and how to…


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