Research Assignment Reflection: Parking at UOW

I learned a fair bit about research over the duration of BCM 212 (and you would probably hope so to considering the entire course is dedicated to it) and was a topic that before I started the subject had considered relatively simple. Some of the major points that either weren’t obvious to me, or where obvious but were the sorts of things you wouldn’t normally consider until it was pointed out, were things like the ethical guidelines and procedures that needed to be followed while conduction research. This specifically took me by surprise because although I knew there would be some work that needed to be done it was strange to be doing things like adding paragraphs to the start of a survey explaining things like how participation was optional and where participants could contact me. Furthermore on this topic the idea of having to apply to receive consideration for any larger scale research really surprised me, the fact that there was an independent body monitoring different proposals and how difficult it was to have the proposal accepted by them without having to make significant changes. The other major point that was difficult to wrap my head around is the lack of interest from participants, even though my survey was only 8 questions long and was only limited to the BCM 212 course stream (where all other students were creating their own surveys that they needed people to do) it was difficult to get a reasonable number of responses, even with the encouragement of the teacher in the class. The main takeaway from this was how without any kind of incentive it is hard to get even a few minutes of peoples time.

If I was doing a research project for this subject again I would most likely change the topic I did it on. Not because I didn’t find the subject interesting, but rather because there was a very limited amount of available relevant and similar research. That being said there was no real reason to find similar studies but rather studies showing solutions to the problem I researched which could be found just about anywhere. Another thing I would have done differently would have been promoting my survey to classmates and others within the course stream, although I still got a decent number of responses (20), that is still a very small sample size considering there should be around 100+ students in the course. A final piece of self reflection would be to spend more time on the written components such as the opinion piece being submitted alongside this reflection, I have always had trouble with keeping my writing concise due to habits such as repeating myself and not allocating word limits to each topic that I want to write about. I don’t think it is something bad enough that I would need to redo the opinion piece now but it is certainly something that I should consider for the future to ensure efficient use of a word count.

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