Procedure vs. Methodology

By Jaxson

  • Methodology

    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.

    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 best practices can be applied to a specific case, for example, to calculate a specific result.

    It has been defined also as follows:

    “the analysis of the principles of methods, rules, and postulates employed by a discipline”;

    “the systematic study of methods that are, can be, or have been applied within a discipline”;

    “the study or description of methods”.

  • Procedure (noun)

    A particular method for performing a task.

  • Procedure (noun)

    A series of small tasks or steps taken to accomplish an end.

  • Procedure (noun)

    The set of established forms or methods of an organized body for accomplishing a certain task or tasks.

    “Ensure that you follow procedure when accessing customers’ personal information.”

  • Procedure (noun)

    The steps taken in an action or other legal proceeding.

  • Procedure (noun)

    That which results; issue; product.

  • Procedure (noun)

    A subroutine or function coded to perform a specific task.

  • Procedure (noun)

    A surgical operation.

  • Methodology (noun)

    The study of methods used in a field.

  • Methodology (noun)

    A collection of methods, practices, procedures and rules used by those who work in some field.

  • Methodology (noun)

    The implementation of such methods etc.

  • Procedure (noun)

    an established or official way of doing something

    “the police are now reviewing procedures”

    “parliamentary procedure”

  • Procedure (noun)

    a series of actions conducted in a certain order or manner

    “the standard procedure for informing new employees about conditions of work”

  • Procedure (noun)

    a surgical operation

    “the procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic”

  • Procedure (noun)

    another term for subroutine

  • Methodology (noun)

    a system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity

    “courses in research methodology and practice”

    “a methodology for investigating the concept of focal points”

Oxford Dictionary

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