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Research Seminar "Preparing a Term Paper"

2023/2024
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
3 year, 2-4 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

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 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 make informed decisions on the research design of their academic papers
  • to recognize the importance of a research framework
  • to address data collection and sampling issues as well as bias and validity issues
  • to understand widely used research methods and data analysis techniques
  • to understand the main principles of research ethics and the consequences of research misconduct
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • to understand the basic concepts and main components of Academic research
  • to get familiar with the rules for preparing a Term paper as the main guiding document
  • to understand and adhere to benchmark standards of academic research
  • to know the instruments and approaches of searching the articles on the chosen topic
  • to organize 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
  • to understand the main components of research motivation and their functions in the Term paper text
  • to know the limitations of a research gap focused approach
  • to be able to formulate a research problem and research question(s) that are meaningful for managerial practice
  • to be able to conduct a structured literature review based on theoretical framework
  • to be able to formulate testable research hypotheses
  • to be able to justify the research design based on the formulation of the research problem and research question(s)
  • to be able to present the research
  • to be able to give and receive feedback on research
  • to be able to analyze the relevant problem and data developed with modern techniques described in the theoretical foundation of the term paper
  • to justify the subsequent development of the term paper
  • to be able to present a comprehensive, thorough and complete solution to the problem studied in the term paper
  • to understand widely used research methods
  • to understand the data collection and sampling issues as well as bias and validity issues
  • to be able to use data analysis techniques
  • to understand the main components and effective organization of results, discussion and conclusions sections
  • to know the main principles of research ethics and the consequences of research misconduct
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Course structure, learning objectives and assessment methods. Introduction to academic research
  • Starting your research: a literature search
  • Research motivation and research questions in quantitative and qualitative research
  • Theory and Literature review
  • Research design basics
  • Consulting format of the term paper
  • 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

  • 2023/2024 4th module
    0.05 * Class assignments + 0.2 * Class assignments + 0.05 * Class assignments + 0.2 * Literature review text + 0.15 * Midterm test + 0.15 * Term paper draft presentation + 0.2 * Term paper draft text
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 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
  • Oliver, P. (2010). The Student’s Guide to Research Ethics (Vol. 2nd ed). Maidenhead, Berkshire, England: McGraw-Hill Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=466502
  • 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
  • Ted Gournelos, Joshua R. Hammonds, & Maridath A. Wilson. (2019). Doing Academic Research : A Practical Guide to Research Methods and Analysis. Routledge.
  • 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

Recommended Additional 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