Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
4+1 with thesis English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 537 Scientific Research Methods Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 6 2 + 2 150

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Senad Bećirović, Assoc. Prof. Dr. assoc. prof. Senad Becirovic Senad Bećirović, Assoc. Prof. Dr. no email

The course provides an introduction to science as a way of thinking and scientific research as a process of inquiry. The course introduces the nature of educational research and the steps in the process of research (research problem, variables and hypotheses, ethics and research, review of the literature, sampling, instrumentation, validity and reliability, internal validity, data collection), followed by basic of statistical data analysis (organizing data, descriptive statistics, statistical inference, inferential statistics) and data processing. The course covers the main qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

These are very specific “objectives” for the course and are, in effect, substantive matters of the course. These are:
• To understand social science frameworks for scientific social inquiry.
• To understand the various methods for conducting empirical research.
• To examine trends and patterns in the use of various research methods.
• To analyze and evaluate important research terms, concepts, and techniques.
• Develop competence to design, execute and report research.
• Be able to apply various statistics to analyze data.
• Be able to apply research findings in practice.
• Be able to understand the role of qualitative and quantitative research in generating knowledge.

  1. Introduction to Research in Education
  2. Participants and Sampling
  3. Research Problems, Variables
  4. Research Hypotheses
  5. Foundations of Educational Measurement
  6. Data Collection Techniques
  7. Nonexperimental Quantitative Research Designs
  9. Research Designs
  10. Understanding Statistical Inferences
  11. Qualitative Research Designs
  12. Action Research
  13. Mixed-Method Designs
  14. Discussion and Conclusions
  15. Systematization


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Term Paper115
    Class Deliverables17
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Discuss the philosophical underpinnings of educational research and describe the applications of the scientific method
    • Explain the difference between quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research paradigms
    • Explain the difference between various research methods used in educational research
    • Select a research topic, state a research objective and research question and propose a method of study to answer the question.
    • Conduct a review of relevant literature that synthesizes the knowledge from several research studies around the central idea or research question including identifying the existing gaps in the literature.
    • Describe the measurement and data collection procedures including instrumentation and methods for determining reliability and validity. Determine the correct data collection techniques to answer a research question.
    • Describe the types of quantitative and qualitative validity and methods for establishing them.
    • To conduct independent scientific investigation.
    • James H. McMillan, (2012). Educational Research: Fundamentals for the Consumer, 6th edition, Pearson.

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14114
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14228
    Midterm Examination (1 week)133
    Final Examination(1 week)133
    Preparation for Midterm Examination12525
    Preparation for Final Examination14747
    Assignment / Homework/ Project12020
    Seminar / Presentation11010
    Total Workload: 150
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6