INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
3+2 Information Technology Master
2014-2015

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 6 3 150 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Teoman DUMAN, Prof. Dr. Mr. Mersid Poturak Teoman DUMAN, Prof. Dr.
[email protected] [email protected] no email

The purpose of this course is to review and analyze scientific research methodology concepts theoretically and practically.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
At the end of the semester, students will be able to read and analyze published research studies in their areas, prepare written proposals for their research topics, and devise and conduct research studies for their theses and projects.

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

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Project
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Project130
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Presentation10
    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)14342
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week)111
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination13030
    Preparation for Final Examination13030
    Assignment / Homework/ Project14040
    Seminar / Presentation155
    Total Workload: 150
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6