As a student in HDFS, it is likely that at some point you will begrudgingly (or perhaps happily) take a course on research methods. The reason why students face the topic of research methods with such apprehension is that they do not believe they will ever conduct research. It is true that some HDFS students will not conduct research beyond, perhaps, class projects. However, regardless of your career plans, a comprehensive understanding of research methods will enhance your education and better prepare you for your future career in HDFS.