Course Title : Research Methods and Academic Writing
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Credits ECTS
COM 305-1 A 5 3 0 0 3.00 5
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Language Albanian
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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  To get knowledge on advanced methods of scientific research  Adopt operational concepts to promote the acquisition of knowledge dealing with design skills as a modern preparation, without which it is difficult to align the students in terms of understanding, interpretation, the independence and the exit from the circle vicious time.  To reach students applying instruments methodological, theoretical reviews allow passing on concrete actions in research, observations and professional jobs compositions, as a step to access the inside of the science.  Bachelor Course lectures enables original action, independent of communication with past values and ideas of drawing useful performance for the holistic development of culture as a precondition of all other developments.
Course Outline
WeekTopics
1What is the scientific research? Characteristics of scientific research. Quality in scientific research.
2Knowledge, paradigms theories and perspectives. The nature of the subject of scientific research in the social sciences.
3The nature of the information. Characteristics of information. Using information as representation of social reality.
4Scientific research’s questions, hypotheses, operational definitions of scientific research.
5Planning of a research project. Definition, practical aspects.
6The critical assessment of literature. Literature search. Practical aspects of the literature review. The process of reviewing the literature.
7Research models. Qualitative and quantitative model. The level and scientific research unit. Scientific research’s strategies.
8Midterm Exam
9Collection of informations. Questionnaires, semi-structured interviews.
10The focus groups. Survey. Secondary sources of the information.
11The analysis of information. Analysis features. Statistical analysis.
12Thematic analysis. Working with qualitative information. Analysis of narratives. Analysis of discourse. Content analysis.
13Academic Writing, the writing process. Scope and characteristics of usage.
14The planning and the structure of academic writing. The method of writing.
15The system of references. The plagiarism.
16Final Exam
Prerequisites
Textbook
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Other
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1To know the student with the basic rules of the art of writing
2The student must carry papers with high scientific level (essays, course assignments, work majors)
3Encourage critical thinking by appearing in a criminal act of empathy and understanding of its
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Midterms130
Quizzes110
Projects120
Term Projects00
Laboratory00
Attendance00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade60
Contribution of final examination to overall grade40
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) 14228
Assignments 12020
Midterms 100
Final examination 11515
Other 12020
Total Work Load 131
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5.24
ECTS 5

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