Program Overview

The URSP program consists of 5 modules / courses, which run over 2.5 years, as shown in the table here.

Competencies of the Program:

There will be three electronic badges (Bronze – 48 hours of training, Silver – 108 hours, Gold – 168 hours), accessible to any student that completes a training experience in a period of 2.5 years. Students will need to demonstrate competencies in

  • Practical skills such as being able to analyze data by using different tools
  • Problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills
  • Personal attitudes and professional ethics
  • Academic Dissemination 

Program outcomes:

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate and categorize various types of research.
  • Understand and articulate where research questions arise from, with a particular appreciation of inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Formulate, articulate and defend a research design and methodology
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of data collection methodologies and research designs
  • Implement a variety of practical research methodologies both quantitative and qualitative
  • Learn about APA style and academic writing and referencing
  • Learn how to use SPSS to undertake and interpret a variety of descriptive and inferential statistical analyses
  • Analyze data quantitatively and qualitatively
  • Discuss results with relevance to previous research studies
  • Write a full academic abstract
  • Provide a clear and critical review of an academic presentation
  • Outline the publication process accurately
  • Review a manuscript critically
  • Prepare a scientific manuscript
  • Receive criticism of their manuscript and provide a response of understanding, or a defense that is clear and respectfully acknowledges the reviewer’s contribution with judicious appreciation