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Research Seminar "Preparing a Term Paper"

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 2-4 модуль


Course Syllabus


The course covers six main topics: research basics and components; research motivation and literature review; qualitative and quantitative research design; data collection and analysis; reporting and communication of the research results; research ethics. These topics cover the main stages of the research process, including the formulation and justification of a research question, analysis of the previous literature on the research topic and its summary, development of an appropriate research methodology, data collection and sampling, analysis of the results in a close compliance of the research with research ethics guidelines.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • · to make informed decisions on the research design of their academic papers
  • · to understand and adhere to benchmark standards of academic research;
  • · to understand the importance of theoretical foundation of their research;
  • · to apply the principles of an effective literature review;
  • · to recognize the importance of a research framework;
  • · to understand widely used research methods and data analysis techniques;
  • · to address data collection and sampling issues as well as bias and validity issues;
  • · to understand the main principles of research ethics and the consequences of research misconduct.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to understand the basic steps of the research process.
  • Understanding of the basic concepts and main components of Academic research based on the recommendations for writing a Term paper as the main guiding document
  • The knowledge of the instruments and approaches to find articles on the chosen research and organise the articles in the form of a specially tailored literature review table paying attention to the level of maturity of a research field and article types.
  • Conducting a structured literature review based on theoretical framework to formulate testable research hypotheses
  • Understanding of the main components of research motivation and their functions in the Term paper text, knowing the limitations of a research gap focused approach
  • Ability to formulate a research problem and research question(s) that are meaningful for managerial practice
  • Justifying the research design based on the formulation of the research problem and research question(s), presenting your research, giving and receiving feedback
  • Understanding of widely used research methods and data analysis techniques, addressing data collection and sampling issues as well as bias and validity issues
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Course structure, learning objectives and assessment methods. Intorduction to academic research
  • Starting your research: a literature review
  • Research motivation and research questions in quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Theory and Literature review
  • Research design basics
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research findings and research ethics
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class assignments
  • non-blocking Literature review text
  • non-blocking Midterm test
  • non-blocking Term paper draft presentation
  • non-blocking Term paper draft text
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 4th module
    0.1 * Class assignments + 0.2 * Term paper draft text + 0.2 * Literature review text + 0.2 * Midterm test + 0.2 * Term paper draft presentation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Busi, M. (2013). Doing Research That Matters : Shaping the Future of Management (Vol. 1st ed). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=606114
  • HU, C.-P., & CHANG, Y.-Y. (2017). John W. Creswell, Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.BCEBF1CE
  • Strang, K. D. (2015). The Palgrave Handbook of Research Design in Business and Management. New York City, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1075586
  • Strengths and Limitations of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. (2017). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.887088

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Wahyuni, D. (2012). The Research Design Maze: Understanding Paradigms, Cases, Methods and Methodologies. Journal of Applied Management Accounting Research, 10(1), 69–80. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=bsu&AN=76405928