In this course, students will address the fundamental question that every research analyst must face at the beginning of a project: "How will I design my research?" Students will examine the logic behind the critical decisions made when designing a research process and how these decisions align with overall project characteristics so that they are methodologically justifiable. To enable informed decisions, students will discuss the key factors that decisively shape the characteristics of the intended research. Students will also review the basic characteristics of different methodologies, methods and techniques that can be applied to the various steps of any research process. Finally, students will develop basic competencies through the study of various methods, techniques, and relevant examples.