In addition to developing an understanding concept of the underlying concepts in research design and analysis and developing a range of skills in this area, this module aims to enable advanced researchers and managers to commission, initiate and/or conduct social research projects within their research or working environment and to act as critical consumers of research projects. Throughout the stress is on comprehension and application. The module is divided into four blocks: I - Qualitative Methods includes: theory of qualitative research; qualitative research methods; mixing methods; analysis of qualitative data, practical experience of collecting, analysing and presenting qualitative data. II - Survey and Questionnaire Design includes: survey design and methodology; sampling theory and sampling methods; questionnaire design; interviewing; attitude scaling; analysis and presentation of results. III & IV - Statistics and Information Handling includes: becoming a critical consumer of statistics; presentation; measures of location and dispersion; applications of correlation and linear regression; introduction to multivariate analysis; applications of time series and forecasting; probability; applications of Binomial, Poisson and Normal distributions in health care and other sectors; sampling theory; hypotheses and significance testing and their application in management and research.