CIRS Certification Exam Syllabus

Certified Internet Research Specialist (CIRS)® Training Guide 2nd Edition

The CIRS® is the foremost industry credentials that signifies the professional level qualification for practicing Internet Research Specialist.

This coursebook was developed as a Self-Study Training Guide and will serve to assist you in preparing for the CIRS [Certified Internet Research Specialists] examination. The Guide is a comprehensive instructional text with easy-to-follow, illustrations, diagrams and examples. The Guide is accompanied with an all inclusive questions and answers workbook that will prepare students for the CIRS Certification Examination.

Units included in this Course.

  1. Networks & Networking - Introduction
  2. Search Engine & Internet Technology
  3. Research Methods & Applied Research Methodology
  4. Research Planning & Approach to Research
  5. Internet Research Challenges
  6. Internet Information Sourcing
  7. Reading Search Engine Result Pages [SERP] & Web-page Links
  8. Online Research - Methods & Approach
  9. Browser Adjustments for Research
  10. Business of Research for Independent Research Practitioner
  11. List - Recommended Software for Research Business
  12. Internet Law and Legal Issues
  13. Internet Ethics and Ethical Issues of Internet

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CIRS Exam Module I

NETWORKS & INTERNET TECHNOLOGY

Course Objective

The online researcher will gain knowledge and understanding of how the Internets connect and work. They will learn the fundamentals of electronic information transfers and communications. An online researcher uses web browsers as a basic tool with complex functions; it is important that they know its basic working and how it gets the final product from information resource.

Module I Concept Discussion

The Networks and Internet Data Communications

Web Pages
Storage and
Indexing

Search and Retrieval of Web Pages by Search Engines

Browser Technology and their Differentiation with Search Engines

Web Applications and Remote Web Servers in Client and Server Arrangements

Learning Advantages

Easier to Understand

Makes it easier to understand the technical terminology often used when reading about Internet technology.

Help to Better Understand

The science of Internet and networks, the search engines and browsers. Consequently, the researcher can better strategize online research work. They are well equipped with sufficient technology knowledge to understand search engines behavioral changes and query response.

Learning Data Communitcation

Learning data communications and information flows prepares researcher to easily interpret the relationships between data, information and search engines.

Questions Answered

  • What makes an Internet?
  • What is a Web Browser and how does it work?
  • What is a Search Engine? And how does it work?
  • Why is a Search Engine different from a Browser?
  • Where does the Information reside and in what form it exists?
  • What makes a Network? and how do they communicate with each other?
  • What are Web Application and Web Pages? And what are the technology that makes them work?

CIRS Exam Module II

RESEARCH METHODS and ONLINE RESEARCH

This module is split into two sections:

Research Methods Course Objective

The Research Methods includes fundamentals of conventional research. The approach explained in this section covers the industry’s research standards, conventions and methods practiced today by research practitioners. This is an area where the research specialists learn different approaches towards research – They are advised on how to handle research projects and to organize and interpret research results.

Online Research Course Objective

The Internet Research is considered a core section for the CIRS examination and carries a higher weightage in terms of exam questions. The syllabus on this section identifies the challenges of digital information era and explains the techniques and approach to accessing information from the Internet. It provides insight into search engine behavior and responses. Students will find useful techniques, methods and approach to find, organize and filter web content/information.

Module II Concept Discussion

On completion of this module you should have a sound concept of performing professional research work, specially, finding of information on the Internet should be approached in an efficient manner with conceptual understanding of these topics:

Research Types, Classification, Research Methodologies and Philosophies

Information Sourcing,
Organization and
Reporting

Search Engine Tools,
Utilities and Specialized
Search Applications

Planning and
Execution of Research
Work

Types of Search
Engines and their
Usefulness

Internet Research
Challenges, Methods, Techniques
and Processes

Identification of Data Type, Data Sampling Methods, Analysis and Classification

Performing Search with Social Media, Blogs, Forums, Video Files and through Web Portals

Learning Advantages

How to Perform Research

A complete understanding of how to perform research professionally

Introduction to Research Industry

Introduction to research industry standards, recognized methods and conventions.

Understanding of Performing Research

A rich understanding of performing Internet Research effectively, efficiently and accurately.

Questions Answered

  • What is involved in research?
  • What are the tried and tested conventional research techniques and methods?
  • What are the practiced research methods and industry standards?
  • How to organize and conclude any research project?
  • How to find most reliable, relevant and on time information on the Internet?
  • How to select keywords and build effective search queries?
  • What are the different types of search engines and which ones to use and when to use them?
  • How to search through Blogs, Forums, Videos, Social Media.

CIRS Exam Module III

The BUSINESS of RESEARCH

Course Objective

The Business of Research is an important module for those researchers that are interested in setting up their professional practice as Independent Research Specialists. The main objective of this module is to provide a general understanding of setting up a research business and performing its operational management. The module explains steps to take from the time project is accepted and up until its final delivery.

Module III Concept Discussion

The concepts explained in this module are to provide sound footing for a research specialist to establish their own independent research practice. The module addresses operational and management elements of a small size business.
Engagement
with
Client
Business
Management
Types of
Research
Contracts
Business
Registration and
Legal Framework
Costing, Budgeting and Execution of Contractual Work
Execution of
Contracts and
Delivery of Projects

Learning Advantages

Understanding Of Running Their Own Business

A research specialist will have a sound understanding of running their own business practice as an Independent Researcher.

Essential Elements Of Business Management

An overview of the essential elements of business management can provide an insight into operational issues, risks, advantages and disadvantages of working independently.

Questions Answered

  • What duties and responsibilities of an Independent Research Specialist?
  • How to set up research business?
  • How do you procure a research contract, assess scope of work and build proposals?
  • How to interact with the client?
  • What are different types of research work contracts?
  • What are the different costing and pricing methods?
  • What are types of financing available and how to manage cash flows and accounts?
  • What are different software tools required to run a software business?

CIRS Exam Module IV

INTERNET LAW and ETHICS

Course Objective

Internet Law also referred as "Cyber Law" encompasses all transactions and activities on the internet. The collaborative nature of the internet and its vast expansion has led to numerous legal challenges making "Internet Law" a critical perspective concerning Internet. The objective of this module is to introduce research specialists to the domain of legalities in Internet and teach them how to minimize their liabilities and mitigate legal risks. Teaching about Ethical Practices on Internet compliments legal framework of legal rights, responsibilities and obligations. In conducting effective internet research, having a thorough understanding of the ethical challenges facing internet research and tackling them accordingly is a necessity. Ethical issues challenge researchers in many ways. These usually involves consumer rights and responsibilities towards them and the society. It explains the language of right and wrong, moral decisions - what is good and bad? etc.

Module IV Concept Discussion

On completion of this section, the candidate should have awareness of how the law impacts online researchers and their ability to obtain and use digital information without causing liability issues. The subject of Ethics infuses debates on topics like, privacy, intellectual property infringement and professional conduct as an example. In this section we discuss the guidelines for the Internet Law and Ethical concerns for the use of Internet accessed information.
Cyber Crimes
and
Differentiation
of
Civil Code
Vs
Criminal Code
Jurisdictions,
Intellectual Property,
Electronic Contracts
and
Signatures
Practical Application
of Internet Laws
and
Ethical Issues
with
Simulated Cases
Laws on Deliberate Misinformation, Misrepresentations, False Ads, Copyrights and Patent Infringements
Concept of working with human subject research, public and private information/spaces, informed consent, privacy, anonymity, confidentiality and revealing identities

Learning Advantages

Builds Awareness for Research Specialist in tackling Legal Impact

Builds awareness for a research specialist in tackling legal impacts of their research work for when using web extracted information or dealing with privacy issues, copyrighted material and human subject research.

Conduct Research Significantly Faster

Legal research technology enables you to conduct research significantly faster, to increase savings and reduce costs. It allows them to obtain and use digital information without causing liability issues.

Questions Answered

  • What are the main areas of Internet Law?
  • What is jurisdiction, cybercrimes, electronic and digital signatures, intellectual property, data protection and privacy?
  • What laws apply to electronic commerce and online financial transactions, false advertisement, intentional misinformation and sabotaging of information?
  • What are the ethical issues of privacy, religious sensitivities, and cultures on Internet? and how do they impact information usability and attach responsibility for Internet researcher?

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​​The exam is conducted under strict anti-plagiarism provisions that are implemented throughout the examination session. 

The exam consists of four parts. Each part will have a traditional multiple choices, true/false and multiple answer examination. The multiple choice exam consists of questions randomly pulled from a master list of questions. The certification candidate has 1.5 hours to complete the exam. The exam is available through online access 24x7 anywhere in the world.

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