List of words/terms used in this course


The Glossary

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A

Abstract

Relating to general ideas or qualities rather than specific people, objects or actions.


Analysis

Process of breaking down complex topic into smaller parts in order to get better understanding of it.


Assessment

The means used to measure what someone knows or has learnt.


Authentic

Something that is real or genuine; is what it is claimed to be.

Autonomous

Having the power and knowledge to make your own decisions.


C

Competency

An individual’s ability to do something well or efficiently.


Concept

A general idea or understanding of something; an idea of something, formed by mentally combining all its characteristics or particulars.


Concrete

Existing in a form that can be seen or felt.


Constituent

Serving as a part or component of a whole.


Content

The information covered; the topics dealt with in a course of study.


D

Data

Information collected in an organised way when carrying out a project or research study.


E

Element

A part of something; one of the parts into which a whole may be broken down into through analysis.


Empirical

Originating in or based on experience or observation; as in empirical data.


Entity

Something that exists separately from other things and has a clear identity of its own.


Environment

The conditions that people live, spend time in and the way that they influence how they (people) feel or behave.


F

Field

A place in the real world where you go to work, especially to collect data for a project or research study.


Fieldwork

Work related to data collection for a project that is carried out in a real-world location.


G

Generic

Relating to a whole group of similar things, rather than to a particular thing.


I

Inquiry

Process of asking about or investigating something.


Instrument

The means used to collect data for your project, e.g. questionnaire. Also called a tool.


Issue

A subject or problem that people are discussing or debating.


M

Method

Strategy utilised in the collection of data, e.g. survey, interview.


N

Norms

Rules or expectations that are socially enforced and guide behaviour.


P

Phenomenon

Something that exists and can be seen, felt, tasted etc., especially something interesting or unusual. An observable fact or event.


Primary sources

Materials that provide first-hand accounts of what is or has taken place.


Principle

A basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works.


Q

Qualitative

Term used to describe data that is collected using words; written or spoken language.


Quantitative

Term used to describe data that is in numerical form, such as raw numbers and percentages.


Question

A matter that may form the basis for an investigation


S

Secondary sources

Interpretations, analyses based on primary sources.


Skills

The basic know-how that you learn and which you rely on to do more complex tasks.


Status quo

The existing state of affairs; the present situation or condition.


Subsidiary

Being at a lower level and therefore under the control of what is at the higher level.


Synthesis

The combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole.


T

Theme

The topic of discussion or writing; the main subject of a talk, book, film etc.


Topic

A subject that is written about, discussed or studied; a subject or theme of a speech, essay, book etc.


Traits

A particular quality or characteristic that someone or something has.


V

Variable

For the purposes of research, anything that has a quality or quantity that varies; a person, place, thing or phenomenon that you are measuring for your project.



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