It is thus important to avoid using methodology as a synonym for method or body of methods.
Doing this shifts it away from its true epistemological meaning and reduces it to being the procedure itself, or the set of tools, or the instruments that should have been its outcome.
The goal of any good research project, especially at the Masters level, is to come across a theory or hypothesis that has not been tested as of yet.
Remember that professors and department chairs have been around for many years and seen thousands of research papers and theses.
An algorithm, like a paradigm, is also a type of constructive framework, meaning that the construction is a logical, rather than a physical, array of connected elements.
Any description of a means of calculation of a specific result is always a description of a method and never a description of a methodology.
A methodology is the design process for carrying out research or the development of a procedure and is not in itself an instrument, or method, or procedure for doing things. In recent years, however, there has been a tendency to use methodology as a "pretentious substitute for the word method".
The research methodology section of a research project serves to explain how the researcher is going to solve the problem presented or prove the hypothesis that is put forth.
The paper illustrates that research at the MEI is alive and well, it has taken large strides in the last 25 years.
There are a large range of research designs and methodologies to choose from and researchers are encouraged to continue to be innovative in their approaches to studying entrepreneurs/owners/managers and how, why, when and where they do business. (2010), "Reflections on methodologies for research at the marketing/entrepreneurship interface", Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Vol.