Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
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Code Name Level Year Semester
CEN 586 Seminar I Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 142 English

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Nejdet Dogru, Assist. Prof. Dr. Nejdet dogru Nejdet Dogru, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Seminar I is intended to assist master students in the preparation of a thesis proposal and to facilitate the transition from course work to thesis. This course will review of proposal components, with particular emphasis on research design and developing the literature review, and will also focus on key issues such as thesis format standards, psychological and time management demands, committee formation, and project management.

Objective of this course is to attempt to apply students’ cumulative understanding and skills to specific research situation. From the perspective of one’s program of study, however, this course poses a real-world test helping to make a realistic transition from coursework to dissertation.

  1. • Overview of the Master’s Degree and Thesis
  2. • Thesis: What to Expect?
  3. • Selecting a Research Topic
  4. • Using the Literature to Research Problem
  5. • Literature Review
  6. • Conducting Ethical Research
  7. • Research Design
  8. • Introduction
  9. • Literature Review
  10. • Methods
  11. • Results
  12. • Discussion
  13. • Presentation


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Class Deliverables150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Apply your theoretical and methodological understanding and skills into devising researchable ideas and specific research questions and hypotheses.
    • Conduct a focused review of the relevant literature and create appropriate conceptual framework.
    • Develop a realistic research design with specific research strategies.
    • Think through and articulate a chapter-by-chapter outline of the intended dissertation.
    • Communicate research ideas and their appropriate theoretical and methodological issues effectively and efficiently.
    • Critique other’s ideas paying particular attention to both theoretical and methodological rigor and reality.
    • Gain understanding of the process of thesis including stress, time, and project management, committee formation, thesis proposition and defense, and human subjects reviews.
    • How to Write a Master\'s Thesis Second Edition by Yvonne N. (Nguyen) Bui, ISBN-13: 978-1452203515

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14342
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project14040
    Seminar / Presentation16060
    Total Workload: 142
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6