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The IIE Introduction to Research SLP is aimed at students who would like to enrol into the IIE Honours programmes, but who did not complete a Research Methodology module in their undergraduate degree. As research underpins any Honours qualification, knowledge in this field is essential before embarking on Honours studies.

The purpose of this SLP is to introduce students to the process of research and to develop their ability to assess the validity of research findings. Students are therefore introduced to the process of identifying a research problem and formulating research questions and the techniques used to collect, analyse, interpret and evaluate data to solve the identified problem. Emphasis is placed on theoretical principles and procedures as well as ethical considerations. Skills are developed through controlled application of techniques as well as in interpretation and critical analysis of research in a relevant field of study.


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The Introduction to Research is a SLP that is certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). All SLPs that are available through The IIE’s Varsity College Part-time studies have been specifically designed for working adults. These SLPs differ from The IIE full qualifications that are also available through The IIE’s Varsity College and which are registered on the National Qualifications Framework. Before you register you must ensure that the programme you select best suits your individual learning and workplace objectives.


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At The IIE’s Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the ‘traditional lecturing’ methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.

Due to the VCBlend approach, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for assessments and work on assignments. To gain the most from the blended learning experience, VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) such as mobile devices, netbooks, laptops or tablets, etc. so as to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the course of this Honours degree.

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.


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The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

The IIE’s Varsity College students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards