Data Collection


Undertake the systematic collection, organization, and/or visualization of information in order to answer a research question or questions (e.g., research-related surveys or questionnaires; pedagogical experiments; research-related tests; interviews; archival work; creating a database of analyzable material; annotated bibliography). Analysis of the data collected is not required.


Learn about research methods in your discipline; formulate a research question(s) and create a step-by-step plan for answering the research question(s); learn about the pros and cons of different ways of collecting data.


Write a short proposal (minimum 2 pages) stating research question(s) and describing, in detail, the steps that will be taken to gather information to answer the research question(s), plus a justification/discussion of why these particular steps were chosen; collect data as proposed (or a subset of the data, depending on scope of project); write a short reflection (1 to 2 pages) of what you learned from the experience, including limitations of what was done.

Note: Data collection involving human participants must first be approved by the Research Ethics Office.