Aspects of Research

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Understanding what research is in the first place aids in the knowing what its key aspects are. Understanding entails critically going through the various definitions of research to see some similarities regarding what research seems to address. It must also be taken into consideration that there are types of research that exist for example historical research, artistic research, and scientific research (Wikipedia, 2010). To look into the definitions of research, we would start with the recommended book for this module – Projects in Computing and Information Systems (second edition) by Christian Dawson (2009). The definition found in this book even though it is a definition by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) states that ‘Research is original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding’ (C. Dawson, 2009). Another definition states that research is the ‘search for knowledge or as any systematic investigation to establish facts’ (Wikipedia, 2010). Research consist of an active, diligent, and systematic process of inquiry in order to discover, interpret, or revise facts, events, behaviours, or theories, or to make a collection of information about a particular subject through the practical application of facts, laws or theories (Week 1 Seminar note, 2010). By looking at the definitions stated it can be seen that research entails investigation. Research is Investigation which is systematic, original, and contributory to world knowledge. With an examination of the definitions it can be seen that research has aspects which include originality, knowledge contribution, and methodology which is systematic in nature.

The key terms identified as key aspects of research also need to be explained in order to understand their importance to the concept of research as a whole.

The originality of work or an investigation being carried out must be ‘original’ in the sense that...
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