Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 111 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 45 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Selma Delalić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Selma Delalic Zafer KONAKLI, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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The course „Introduction to Research Methods“ places strong emphasis on developing students\' research, reading, writing, and language skills. Upon completion of this course students will be able to think creatively and critically, properly structure and write different types of academic papers and conduct academic research. They will also be able to find valuable sources, analyze and present them. Improving language skills is also a very important part of the course, which also aims at preparing students for midterm and final exam.

The objective of this course is to present the fundamentals of defining a research problem and to introduce the main steps of research process. By doing so it is aimed at providing the students with the necessary information on carrying out a research, analyzing and presenting data. The focus of this course is also development of reading, writing and language skills. In other words, the course places strong emphasis upon improvement of academic skills.

  1. Defining theory; Academic research process; Research methods; Surveys; Quantitative data analysis
  2. How to write a report; Importance of structure; Paragraphs
  3. Sources of information; Online research
  4. Writing skills-styles of writing; Structuring academic papers; How to write an essay
  5. How to formulate research topic; Effective reading and note taking
  6. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing; Critical article review
  7. Defining hypothesis
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Critical thinking and evaluation
  10. Creative thinking skills; Improving language skills
  11. Academic referencing; Writing effective introduction and conclusion
  12. Plagiarism; Tips for writing academic journal article
  13. How to write executive summary
  14. Learning process and reflective thinking/writing; Exam preparation tips; Time management
  15. Final exam

  1. Brainstorming ideas and drafting survey; Properly designing clear and easy to comprehend questions for the survey
  2. Presenting survey results; Group discussion; Writing reports based on survey results (Part I)
  3. Writing reports based on survey results (Part II); Searching University databases; Choosing and verifying internet sources
  4. Planning, preparing, structuring and writing the main body of the essay (Part I)

  1. Writing the main body of the essay (Part II); Formulating research topic; Increasing reading comprehension
  2. Writing critical article review (Part I)
  3. Individual drafting hypothesis; Writing critical article review (Part II)
  4. Midterm exam
  5. Critical thinking techniques; Writing critical article review (Part III)
  6. Creative thinking techniques; Language exercises
  7. Citing the text; Practicing different ways of referencing
  8. Summarizing text; Plagiarism quiz; Writing academic article (Part I)
  9. Writing academic article (Part II); Writing executive summary
  10. Preparing for the final exam
  11. Final exam

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Total: 0
Learning outcomes
  • Choose appropriate research method
  • Discuss, argue, agree, and disagree with full respect of other people’s viewpoint
  • Collect relevant information from the reliable and credible resources
  • Write different academic papers
  • Formulate research topic and hypothesis
  • Think, read, and write creatively and critically
  • Quote, paraphrase, and summarize
  • Make appropriate references
  • Roselle L, Spray, S, Research and Writing in International Relations, Second Edition, Longman Pearson Education, Inc., USA, 2008.

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) 0
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination111
Preparation for Final Examination122
Assignment / Homework/ Project12224
Seminar / Presentation 0
Total Workload: 45
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 2