Today was my first Research Methods (RES701) class presented by Dr Clare Atkins. We started by discussing what we will be covering this semester, which I found very useful as I knew very little about this class beforehand. We then moved on to talking about research, what we think it is, when is it used and also just taking some of the scare factor out of it.

Overall I think todays class went really well and I am very interested in seeing what is to come! Below are some questions about todays class that we have been asked to write about.

What do you think ‘research’ is?

To me ‘research’ is the process of learning something you did not know. This can be a variety of things from just stopping what you are doing to Google something quickly, through to researching for months or even years to learn something.

Do you think you will ever need research skills?

Yes!! Not just because I am studying but we all have questions that need to be answered sometimes some easier than others. I find when I am working (as a sales consultant at Noel Leeming) not a week goes by without having to Google something, from answering a customer’s questions to find something out about a product that I want to know more about. All of this research “Gradually adding to the general pool of knowledge…” so next time someone asks the same question I already the know the answer.

What is plagiarism? 

Plagiarism is using someone’s work without acknowledging it and/or trying to pass it off as your own. This could be something like copying a class mate’s assignment, through to reading something and passing it off as your own idea or just blatantly copying and pasting something off the internet

Why is it important to avoid it?

Well staying enrolled at NMIT is a pretty big reason to avoid plagiarism and also its disrespectful to the person who actually did the work.  It’s a big waste of the tutor’s time that could be used helping other students that are doing the work.



Demystifying Research [MS PowerPoint]. (2016, July 19). Nelson: Dr Clare Atkins.




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