Course Title : Advanced Research Methods I
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Regular
Semester
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Credits ECTS
COM 401-1 A 1 3 0 0 3.00 6
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Language Albanian
Course Level
Description This course intends the application in practice of the knowledges gained in “Advanced Researching Methods” during the selection and classification of materials of a study or thesis. Problems faced during the preparation of thesis and the solution ways. It also intends practice of researching techniques and methods
Objectives Giving the information needed to master's and doctoral students about working systematics, selection and classification of materials in the preparation of a study or thesis. Techniques and research methods. The collection, classification and processing of data bases.Writing the thesis: introduction, headings, conclusions, bibliography, appendix, questionnaires etc.
Course Outline
WeekTopics
1Presentation of the course structure, bibliography and general concepts
2Important elements for the preparation of the thesis and research projects
3Different epistemological views on scientific research
4Positivist epistemology in social sciences
5Study Methods in positivist methodology
6Structure of a scientific paper in social sciences
7Conventional Epistemology
8Midterm Exam
9Intertextual role in a scientific paper
10About the problem of bibliographic references in the scientific paper
11About the construction of a questionnaire in the social sciences
12Writing of research files at theoretical and developing work plan
13Research ethics issues, plagiarism, quoting and original work report
14General Discussion about the problems of research by students
15Talking with groups of students about the way of a scientific paper construction
16Final Exam
Prerequisites
Textbook
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage Yes
Other
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Student becomes familiar with the way of designing a scientific paper
2The student gets to know how to build the structure of a work in terms of the volume of parts within it
3Students become acquainted with the attitude that should keep to bibliography and citations within and at the end of the paper
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Midterms110
Quizzes00
Projects00
Term Projects120
Laboratory00
Attendance00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade30
Contribution of final examination to overall grade70
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 166
Midterms 11010
Final examination 11010
Other 000
Total Work Load 144
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5.76
ECTS 6

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