Research Project Reflection

Similarly to my last blog post where I reflected on my experiences in another BCM subject from this semester, I would like to reflect on my research project and the BCM212 subject overall. My research project was successful overall, It fulfilled its goal of finding out the specific reasons why students were making changes to their university degree, and identifying what particular issues students were having with this process.The BCM212 subject has supported me in completing this project, it placed me in a collective intelligence network where I was able to collaborate with fellow student Tegan Sharp, who had a similar vision for her research project. I was also able to implement research practices and mechanisms that I had never engaged with before, such as the Survey Monkey platform.

surveymonkey

The subject taught me topics I previously lacked knowledge in, such as the idea of informed consent, research participant representation, and other ethical considerations associated with research projects. I also learned how to create a risk matrix, an xy axis graph that measures the likelihood of a risk occurring, as well as the severity of the risk if occurred (Lozier, T 2014).

aas

Risks that land in the green are generally acceptable, and in contrast any risks that land in the red should be completely avoided. During this project I also honed existing skills such as effective time management, I was required to create a time management visualisation in the form of a Gantt chart. This is effective to ensure that each aspect of the project can be completed on time (O’Donnell, 2011).

gantt

The project also allowed me to use twitter as a tool for research communication, as I spread the survey via twitter multiple times. This was effective in my opinion as I received 67 responses to my survey, where I was originally only expecting to gather around 30-40 responses.

Regarding what I would do differently next time, I would conduct a university wide survey rather than focusing on the BCM cohort, as I believe this would provide more compelling results such as differing reasons why students would change something about their degree. This would also require me to collect more responses than just 67, however the free version of Survey Monkey only allows up to 100 responses. Therefore I would use one of the paid subscriptions to conduct larger research surveys using that platform. Overall I was happy with how the project turned out, I believe if continued there is potential for exciting developments on this topic at the University of Wollongong.

Reference List:

Lozier, T 2014, ‘Risk Assessment: Creating a Risk Matrix’, EtQ, Inc. 4 April, viewed 13 April 2018, <https://www.slideshare.net/etq/5-mo-riskmatrix-33144347>.

O’Donnell, J 2011, ‘How to make a simple Gantt chart’, The Research Whisperer, 13 September, viewed 13 April 2018, <https://theresearchwhisperer.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/gantt-chart/>.

Header image credit: Usamah Hussain

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