ECTS CREDITS: 5
TEACHNG HOURS: 30
COURSE: General Background
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION: English
This unit discusses the following topics: research and theory, types of research, planning of research, research designs, research methods, quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methodologies, data collection and analysis, developing a research proposal, writing up a literature review paper.
This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding on the following issues: research design and ethics; qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods; data collection and analysis in social sciences. On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:
- prepare research designs;
- carry out literature review on research topics;
- ask and seek answers on appropriate research questions;
- plan a qualitative research design;
- plan a quantitative research design;
- plan a mixed method design;
- apply appropriate quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed methods;
- identify ethical issues in research;
- evaluate empirical findings;
- develop critical thinking;
- develop oral and written communication skills;
- interact effectively with a group, contributing ideas, giving feedback and collaborating with others;
- manage self-directed learning using recommended resources;
- manage time;
- use library resources.
- Search, analysis and synthesis of empirical data and theoretical information
- Independent work, self-regulation
- Team work, collaboration, debating and giving feedback
- Decision Making and problem solving
- Research proposal design
- Critical thinking and self-evaluation
- Producing new research ideas
- Planning and management of projects
- Promoting free, creative and deductive reasoning
MODES OF DELIVERY: Face to face
USE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY: E-class learning platform
COURSE DESIGN: Lectures
STUDENT PERFORMANCE EVALUATION/ASSESSMENT METHODS:
The language of learning assessment is English. The assessment will be achieved through a 3,000 word assignment (accounts for 100% of the total course grade) concerning the development of a research proposal in response to a case-study scenario. The assignment aims at evaluating students’ knowledge of various topics (e.g. selecting and justifying a suitable research approach, developing a research plan, demonstrating ethical mindfulness) developed during lectures. Details of the method and criteria upon which students are assessed at the end of the semester are clearly stated and explained in the e-class of the course, in which all students have access. The assignment will be submitted at the end of the semester.
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- Bryman, A., Social Research Methods, 4th Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
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