INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of Management
2015-2016

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
IBS 101 Introduction to Research Methods Undergraduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 1 119 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Merdzana OBRALIC, Assist. Prof. Dr. Sen. Teach. Assist. Emina Mekić Zafer KONAKLI, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Introduction to research methods as a course supports the process of enquiry and investigation. Through systematic, methodical and ethical approach it can help students to solve practical problems and increase knowledge in this area.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
Teaching the research basics, research theory, importance of ethics, proper citing and referencing, avoiding plagiarism, how to review the literature, data collection, difference between primary and secondary data, quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Research basics and research theory
  2. Research process
  3. Research ethics
  4. Plagiarism and referencing
  5. Finding and reviewing the literature
  6. Sampling strategies
  7. The nature of data, primary and secondary data
  8. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  9. Experimentation
  10. Measurements and scales
  11. Field work: questionnaires and responses
  12. Presenting the research outcomes
  13. Writing the proposal and writing up the research

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Interactive Lectures
    • Excersises
    • Discussions and group work
    • Problem solving
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Quiz10
    Homework10
    Midterm Exam(s)30
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • 1. Understand the general idea of research
    • 2. Prepare a preliminary research design for projects in their subject matter areas
    • 3. Accurately collect, analyze and report data
    • 4. Present complex data or situations clearly
    • 5. Review and analyze research findings that affect their agency
    • 6. Construct relevant conclusions on the basis of data collection, analysis and reporting
    TEXTBOOK(S)
    • Walliman, N. (2011). Research Methods, the Basics. Rutledge, New York.
    • Blumberg, B., Cooper, D. R., & Schindler, P.S. (2005). Business Research Methods, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill Higher Education

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15115
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination12020
    Preparation for Final Examination13030
    Assignment / Homework/ Project12020
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 119
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5