INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
3+2 Information Technology Master
2013-2014

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
CEN 595 Scientific Research Methods Graduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 7.5 3 318 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Teoman DUMAN, Prof. Dr. Teoman DUMAN, Prof. Dr.
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COURSE OBJECTIVE
The purpose of this course is to review and analyze research methodology concepts theoretically and practically. In addition to the lectures and case study applications from the textbook material, students will have a chance to report a research study in their respective areas during the semester.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Chapter 1: The nature of business research Chapter 2: Formulating and clarifying the research topic
  2. Chapter 3: Critically reviewing the literature Chapter 4: Understanding research philosophies and approaches
  3. Chapter 5: Formulating the research design Chapter 6: Negotiating access and research ethics
  4. Chapter 7: Selecting samples Chapter 8: Using secondary data Case study presentations
  5. Chapter 9: Collecting primary data through observation Chapter 10: Collecting primary data using semi-structured, in-depth and group interviews Case study presentations
  6. Chapter 11: Collecting primary data using questionnaires Chapter 12: Analyzing quantitative data Case study presentations
  7. Chapter 13: Analyzing qualitative data Chapter 14: Writing and presenting your project report Case study presentations
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. Research application in architechture
  10. Research application in information technologies
  11. Research application in genetics and bioengineering
  12. Research application in electric and electronic engineering
  13. Research application in education
  14. Research application business

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Project
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Project130
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Presentation20
    Final Exam130
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Understanding the foundations of scientific research methods
    • Undertanding research design and data collection methods
    • Understanding data analysis strategies
    • Undertanding research reporting and publication
    • Understanding the role of ethics in research
    TEXTBOOK(S)
    • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2007). Research Methods for Business Students, 4th Ed. Prentice Hall.

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)348144
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)348144
    Midterm Examination (1 week)2612
    Final Examination(1 week)133
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
    Preparation for Final Examination7,50
    Total Workload: 318
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 13