Course Title : Research Methods and Academic Writing
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COM 305-1 A -1 3 0 0 3.00 5
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Description Methods of Research & Academic Writing actually asserts that by this definition means an articulate theory, operational concepts which are used to learn knowledge that are a function of problem solving, building and defining concepts for development strategy, strategic planning, effective management. Methods of Research and Academic Writing help prepare a good paper, you can apply both to regain confidence in the usefulness and value as pipelines of progress during the study, to understand not just as data collection, but as a critical processing an experience, aptitude profit (valid for the future) to detect problems, to handle them methodically them and submitted them under some certain communication modes. This lecture course is intended to explain how to perform a study that relies on the proper method, providing critical - theoretical contribution about the usefulness of the analytical studies foolish, but the guide will help on the way how to work a specific paper. In short, the program contains sufficient amount of theoretical material, to give them practical importance, by which creates a stable foundation to build intellectually.
Objectives Gain basic knowledge on advanced scientific research methods Acquire operational concepts to promote the acquisition of knowledge related to skillful design, as a modern preparation, without which it is difficult to align students in terms of understanding, interpretation, independence and getting out of the vicious circle of the time. Achieve students that by applying methodological instruments, To enable theoretical reviews by moving to concrete actions, research, observations and drafting of professional works, as a step to enter the interior of science. The Bachelor lectures course enables original, independent action, communication with past values, as well as the sketching of ideas with useful performance for the overall development of culture, as a prerequisite for all other developments.
Course Outline
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1What is scientific research and academic writing • Importance and reasons why we write? • Types of writing, versus academic writing; • Subjective writings and objective writings; • Major research projects, essays and projects; • What is research? • Why is a formal paper needed? "The Art of Research: How to Write Simple and Clear." Wayne C. Booth; Gregory C. Colomb; Joseph M. Williams; Joseph Bizub; William T. Fitsgerald, Papyrus, Tirana 2016, pages 11-32
2Selecting a research approach • Defining access to scientific research; • Identify a worldview that is operated throughout the paper; • Defining three types of research approaches; • Treatment and use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed models and methods. “Research Design; Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods ”John W. Creswell; J. David Creswell; Sage, New York 2018, pp. 41-61
3Literature review • Evaluate whether or not a topic is required; • Steps or stages in which the literature review goes; • Use of available computerized databases for literature review; • Develop a priority for types of literature to review; • Creating a map on literature; • Writing a good abstract in a research study; • Use of important elements of a style manual; • Definition of terms (keywords); • Application of a literature review model; “Research Design; Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods ”John W. Creswell; J. David Creswell; Sage, New York 2018, pp. 62-89
4Use of theories and resources • Testing causal claims in quantitative research; • Identification of variables in a quantitative study; • Determining the nature of a quantitative theory; • Types of resources and their use; • Applying a plan to write a theoretical perspective on a quantitative study; • Consider the types of theories used in qualitative research; • Putting theories in a qualitative study; • Placement of a theoretical lens in a study of mixed methods. “Research Design; Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods ”John W. Creswell; J. David Creswell; Sage, New York 2018, pp. 90-124
5Ethical writing and writing strategies • Evaluate the structure of a proposal for qualitative, quantitative and mixed studies; • Using writing strategies to draft a proposal; • Development of writing habit; • Building umbrella thoughts, big thoughts, small thoughts and small thoughts in writing; • Developing writing consistency through the crochet-and-eye technique; • Using the principles of writing good prose; • Anticipating ethical issues at many stages of the research process; • Avoiding plagiarism and using the ideas of others. “Research Design; Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods ”John W. Creswell; J. David Creswell; Sage, New York 2018, pp. 125-156
6Writing the introduction to a scientific paper • Writing an abstract for a study; • Exploring the differences between quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods; • Using the deficiency model to write an introduction; • Compilation of a good narrative finding; • Writing about the research problem; • Summary of literature on a research problem; • Identification of shortcomings in the past literature; • Consider readers who may benefit from the study. “Research Design; Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods ”John W. Creswell; J. David Creswell; Sage, New York 2018, pp. 158-177
7Setting the goal in a paper and writing the first draft • Applying a draft to write a submission with qualitative goals; • Consider how the scenario would change depending on the quality model; • Using a draft to write a quantitative submission; • Considering how the draft would change depending on the quantitative model; • Using a draft to write a submission about mixed methods; • Consider how the draft would change depending on the mixed methods model. “Research Design; Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods ”John W. Creswell; J. David Creswell; Sage, New York 2018, pp. 178-190
8Midterm Exam
9Hypotheses and Research Questions • Writing a draft for a central qualitative question (hypothesis) • Consider how this scenario would change depending on the quality model; • Writing a script for questions and quantitative research hypotheses; • Consider how this scenario would change depending on the quantitative model and different types of hypotheses; • Using a model for descriptive and final quantitative questions and hypotheses; • Writing different forms of research questions for a study with mixed methods. “Research Design; Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods ”John W. Creswell; J. David Creswell; Sage, New York 2018, pp. 191-205
10Quantitative methods • Use a checklist for survey research to form thematic sections on a survey form; • Steps to follow in analyzing data in a study; • Develop a thorough discussion on survey methods; • Using a checklist for experimental research to form sections for an experimental procedure; • Identify the type of experimental procedure that best suits your proposed study • Identify valid potential internal and external threats to the proposed study. “Research Design; Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods ”John W. Creswell; J. David Creswell; Sage, New York 2018, pp. 206-252
11Qualitative Methods • Using a checklist for qualitative research to form thematic sections of a paper; • Application of basic characteristics of qualitative research; • Determining how reflectivity will be included in a proposed study; • Analysis of different types of data collected in qualitative research; • Following the steps in the process of qualitative data analysis; • Validity of qualitative research. “Research Design; Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods ”John W. Creswell; J. David Creswell; Sage, New York 2018, pp. 253-293
12Mixed Methods and Data Analysis • Definition and research characteristics of mixed methods • Using a convergent model of mixed methods • Use of an explanatory design of mixed sequential methods • Use of a design of mixed sequential exploration methods • Use of one of the complex models of mixed methods • Choosing the best model for a study of mixed methods • Explanation and application of semiotic analysis; • Explanation and application of rhetorical analysis; • Use of ideological criticism, or critical point of view; • Application of psycho-analytical criticism • Principles of discourse discourse analysis. “Research Design; Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods ”John W. Creswell; J. David Creswell; Sage, New York 2018, pp. 294-326 “Media and communication research methods” Arthur Asa Berger, Sage, New York 2016, pp. 57-169
13Conclusion writing, bibliography and appendices • Writing and the importance of conclusions in a scientific paper; • Writing and importance of recommendations; • Bibliography and presentation of evidence "The Art of Research: How to Write Simple and Clear." Wayne C. Booth; Gregory C. Colomb; Joseph M. Williams; Joseph Bizub; William T. Fitsgerald, Papyrus, Tirana 2016, pp. 275-291
14Other formal writing and communication in organizations and institutions • Writing an official email; • Ways of writing a CV; • How to write a memo and how to write a report; • Ways of text formatting, quotations, tables, figures and the importance of graphic presentation; Lectures by the course lecturer
15Presentation of project proposals for research
16Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes and Competences
1To train students in the deepening of scientific and professional knowledge, as a necessary and inalienable field, for creation, independence and training in performing work in the field of study and beyond.
2The student must complete works with a high level of science (essays, course assignments, other works, diploma works, etc.)
3The student must think critically by displaying it in the act of sensibility of the work as well as its understanding.
4The student should make theoretical reviews by moving on to concrete actions, research, observations and drafting of professional works
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Midterms125
Quizzes00
Projects00
Term Projects130
Laboratory00
Attendance115
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade70
Contribution of final examination to overall grade30
Total100
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
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Total Workload
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Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16348
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14570
Assignments 100
Midterms 155
Final examination 155
Other 000
Total Work Load 128
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5.12
ECTS 5

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