Schedule for ORIC’s Mini Course on Research in June and July 2018

 TopicDateTimeResource Person/sIntended Learning Outcomes


Advanced Search Techniques4 July1pm-2pmFarrukh ShahzadThe workshop will teach you to

a) Run effective literature searches using electronic resources especially those at FCC, using keywords, search statements, and other advanced search techniques

b) Understand the concept of Cited Reference and how to run such searches in various databases

c) Create your own list of references as a word document by transferring records from library databases

Citations Manager 5 July1pm-2pmBushra JaswalCitation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation

information from article indexes and other sources.



Qualitative Research29 June10am-12pm


Sikander HayatThe workshop will highlight defining characteristics of qualitative research, how it is different from quantitative research, what are its main approaches, and what are its principal methods of data collection?
Introduction to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) SoTL


22 June10am-12pmZahra Atiq ShahThe aim of this workshop is to introduce participants on the fundamentals of SoTL and how they can use their own classrooms to conduct education research, and to improve their curriculum, assessment, and pedagogical practices. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas/questions/problems from their classroom, which they would like to investigate. During this hands-on session, we will go through ideas, and develop concrete steps on how participants can conduct research in their own classroom.
Mixed Method Research


22 June1pm-2pmZahra Atiq ShahBoth quantitative and qualitative data provide different types of evidence, which when combined can provide rich and valuable insights into the phenomenon being studied. The aim of this session is to introduce participants to mixed methods research, the benefits of mixing different types of data, and how they can design a mixed methods study using their own participants. It is recommended that participants have a basic familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research.
Quantitative Research11 July10am-12pmSharoon Hanook


The workshop session will focus on:

a) Difference between qualitative and Quantitative research study

b) Study Designs: intro and planning

c) Tools for designing a Questionnaire. Pretesting, validating and observing the reliability of a questionnaire.

d) Tools to determine Sample Size

Statistical Methods for Research12 July10am-12pmItrat Batool NaqviThis session will prepare you for

a) Various sampling methodologies

b) Ways to collect reliable sample

c) Basic statistical methods for the quantitative analysis

d) Descriptive Statistical Methods and their appropriate usage.

e) Translating an application hypothesis to the statistical hypothesis.

f) Using appropriate hypothesis testing and making sense of the outcomes for interpretation and application to the real-life problems.




Basic Introduction to SPSS and Graphical Display of Data13 July10am-12pmAsif ShamiThis Hands-on workshop will provide introduction the SPSS, basic understanding of the environment and will equip you with the data coding and analysis of the quantitative data.

In this session you will get to learn:

a) To code, enter and import datasets from various platforms.

b) To select and perform appropriate descriptive statistical methods to summarize data.

c) To perform and interpret basic statistical tests.

d) To fit linear regression models and interpreting the results with applications to the real-life datasets.

Reporting Statistical Results16 July10am-12pmSharoon Hanook / Itrat Batool NaqviReporting of the statistical results is one of the very important ingredients of the quantitative research. This will help you learn:

a) Simple rules for effective statistical practice

b) Statistical issues seen in non-statistics research articles

c) Effectively reporting statistical results in the abstract and then the ways to report them in various sections of the research report like in, introduction, discussion and conclusion.



Research Writing and Publishing for the Humanities7 June1pm-2pmWaseem Anwar“Publish or perish” sounds like a proverbial academic slogan but it is still an institutional requirement for the university teachers and researchers. Our target in this workshop is to address the nature of publication processes related to the field of Humanities. We shall discuss questions like, “How and why do we need to publish, how is research writing in humanities different, what are some of the professional publication rules to follow (in humanities), How is writing for publication a controlled art, what keeps us motivated and committed, what are the incentives (if ever), What could possibly be the politics of publication (if any)?” Participants are expected to discuss such issues related to the resources close to their disciplines.

NOTE: Please register only if you have a paper ready for publication.

Writing and Publishing in Natural Sciences27 June1pm-2pmSaqlain Abbas ShahDifferent scientific disciplines explore different parts of our knowledge and the academic. Writing should reflect the structure of that research knowledge landscape writing and publishing guideline are similar across disciplines but differences of locating sources, citing them as appropriate to natural science, among others will be flagged.
Research Proposal for Grants27 July11am-1pmKauser AbdullahThe session will provide you skills to

a) Identify key skills in preparing a successful proposal

b) Understand the key components for effective proposal writing

c)  Locate funder / donors for your proposal by discipline

Research Proposal in Social Sciences Research2 July10am-12pmSikandar Hayat KhanIn this session, the style and form of a research proposal in social sciences, will be discussed. The main emphases key components and how these are presented in the research, will also be explored.
Literature Review:

Engaging with the Text

3 July1pm-2pmAsif  IftikharThe workshop will help you to understand

a) Purpose of literature review and the requirements for writing it well

b) Developing the research idea to research question and framing the theoretical construct

c) The significance of framework/theoretical constructs to guide your research

d) The content analysis and academic discourse

Research Ethics and Digital Age:  Avoiding Plagiarism10 July1pm-2pmAsif IftikharThe session will prepare you to

a) Comprehend the various facets of research ethics, the impact of digital age on its practice, issues of confidentiality, human subject protection and storage of data etc.

b) Understand the spectrum of plagiarism given the digital explosion

c)  Cite properly to develop the bibliography in your discipline

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