COURSE INFORMATION
Course Title: RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES
Code Course Type Regular Semester Lecture Recit. Lab Credits ECTS
PIR 501 B 3 - - - 3 6
Lecturer and Office Hours: Urmat Ryskulov
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: -
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: N/A
Course Description: -
Course Objectives: The goal of Research techniques is to familiarize students with a variety of academic texts and their applications in research papers. This engagement with other sources will be demonstrated through the topic student choose to write about, the sources they consult, the types of quotations they cite, the way they incorporate these quotations into the body of their papers, and the clarity and sophistication of the style and vocabulary they use to get these ideas across to their readers. Academic Research Writing requires a demonstration of original thought, critical analysis, citation of academic texts, and synthesis on a topic. Students will work on integrating information from other texts into their own research papers in such a way that it reflects their own point of view. Students will also become familiar with different methods of citation, quotation and analysis, which back up a statement or claim.
COURSE OUTLINE
Week Topics
1 Syllabus Review
2 Research Strategies, Research Design, Chapter One, Chapter two
3 Planning a research project and formulating research Questions, Chapter three
4 Literature review, Ethics in research, Chapter four and Five
5 Quantitative Research and Sampling, Chapter six and Seven
6 Structured Interviewing, Self Completion Questionnaires, Chapter eight and Nine
7 Proposal Submission
8 Asking Questions, Structured Observation and Content Analysis, Chapter ten, eleven, and twelve
9 Secondary analysis and Official Statistics, Quantitative data Analysis Chapter thirteen and Fourtee
10 Using SPSS or other programs
11 Qualitative Research, Ethnography and participant observation, and Interviewing, Chapter sixteen, seventeen and Eighteen.
12 Focus Group, Language in Qualitative Research, and Documents as a source of Data, Chapter nineteen, twenty, twentyone.
13 Qualitative data Analysis, Mixed methods research, Chapter twenty two and twenty five
14 Review and final project submission
Prerequisite(s):
Textbook: Mark Saunder, Philip Lewis, Adrian Thornhill, Research Methods for Business Students, Second Edition, 2000 Bryman, Alan., Emma, Bell., (2011), Business Research Methods Robert B. Burns,Introduction to research Methods, 2000
Other References:
Laboratory Work: N/A
Computer Usage: N/A
Others: No
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
1 Students develop research skills in finding, reading, and evaluating academic journal articles and other sources, taking notes, and summarizing or paraphrasing ideas
2 Students practice writing research proposals
3 Students develop citation techniques
4 Students learn some statistical analysis and techniques
COURSE CONTRIBUTION TO... PROGRAM COMPETENCIES
(Blank : no contribution, 1: least contribution ... 5: highest contribution)
No Program Competencies Cont.
COURSE EVALUATION METHOD
Method Quantity Percentage
Project
1
30
Term Paper
1
50
Other
1
20
Total Percent: 100%
ECTS (ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD)
Activities Quantity Duration(Hours) Total Workload(Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-terms 1 20 20
Assignments
Final examination 1 24 24
Other 1 10 10
Total Work Load:
150
Total Work Load/25(h):
6
ECTS Credit of the Course:
6