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Research Seminar: Research Design

2023/2024
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
1
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
3 year, 1 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The main goal of the discipline is to help students to prepare and write their course works and graduation theses. The 'Research Seminar' covers a range of basic topics, such as composing a research design, formulating a research problem and research question, searching for literature, reviewing, and planning research strategies. Moreover, the course helps to deal with not only term papers but academic articles and analytical reports too.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The goal of the discipline is to help students to prepare and write their course works.
  • Composing a research design.
  • Dealing with literature and other sources.
  • Acquiring basic skills of academic writing.
  • Getting familiar with basic research methods.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Enumerates the basic structural units of and formal requirements for the term paper and formal requirements for it.
  • Knows what plagiarism is and how to avoid it
  • Formulates research questions
  • Finds information and literature on the subject matter of the course work
  • Conducts a literature review
  • Knows different types of research designs and research strategies
  • Chooses the research design adequate for the solution of the research problem
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Basics of the Research. Research Questions
  • Selecting and Overviewing Literature
  • Research Design, Research Strategies, Methods and Data
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Written Assignment 1: Research Puzzle and Motivation
    Written assignment 1 is an 500 word paper which presents research puzzle and research relevance and motivation of the student.
  • non-blocking Written assignment 2: Research Methodology, Methdos and Data
    Written Assignment 2: Research Methods and Data is a 500 words written paper where students present research methodology, methods of data collection and data analysis for their future research proposal.
  • non-blocking Research Proposal
    Research proposal is a written paper where student shows good command of what was learned during the cource
  • non-blocking Exam
    The exam lasts for 2 academic hours, conducted in a written form
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 1st module
    0.25 * Exam + 0.2 * Written Assignment 1: Research Puzzle and Motivation + 0.2 * Written assignment 2: Research Methodology, Methdos and Data + 0.35 * Research Proposal
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Keating, M., & Della Porta, D. (2008). Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences : A Pluralist Perspective. Cambridge , New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=304674
  • Knopf, J. W. (2006). Doing a Literature Review. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.6DDBE740

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, Creswell, J.W., 2009