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Methodology is the systematic, theoretical analysis of the methods applied to a field of study. It comprises the theoretical analysis of the body of methods and principles associated with a branch of knowledge. Typically, it encompasses concepts such as paradigm, theoretical model, phases and quantitative or qualitative techniques.<ref>Irny, S.I. and Rose, A.A. (2005) “Designing a Strategic Information Systems Planning Methodology for Malaysian Institutes of Higher Learning (isp- ipta), Issues in Information System, Volume VI, No. 1, 2005.</ref>

A methodology does not set out to provide solutions - it is, therefore, not the same as a method. Instead, a methodology offers the theoretical underpinning for understanding which method, set of methods, or so-called “best practices” can be applied to specific case, for example, to calculating a specific result.

It has been defined also as follows:

  1. "the analysis of the principles of methods, rules, and postulates employed by a discipline";<ref name="merrian-webster" />
  2. "the systematic study of methods that are, can be, or have been applied within a discipline";<ref name="merrian-webster">Methodology Usage Notes, entry at Merriam–Webster</ref>
  3. "the study or description of methods".<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation

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Methodology sections
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