ECTSResearch Methodology and Communication Skills

Research Methodology and Communication Skills (MDES600) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Research Methodology and Communication Skills MDES600 1. Semester 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type Service Courses Taken From Other Departments
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies .
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
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Course Objectives The objective of this course is to improve the research and communication skills of students early in their graduate program to help them better plan, conduct and present their research and thesis work.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • The students will become familiar with the stages of systematic research and related tools. The students will be able to conduct effective literature surveys and prepare taxonomy reports. The students will be informed about the general principles of data gathering and management. The students will gain hands-on experience on formulating and writing a research/thesis proposal. The students will improve their verbal and written communication skills. The students will better appreciate the importance of ethics in research.
Course Content Rigorous, scholarly research, particularly theses or dissertations. Literature review, surveys, meta-analysis, empirical research design, formulating research questions, theory building, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods, validity, reliability, triangulation, building evidences, writing research proposal

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction; What is Research? Why to do research? Lecture Notes
2 Identification of a research problem Lecture Notes
3 Managing and Planning Research Lecture Notes
4 Literature mining, taxonomy Lecture Notes
5 Data gathering and data management Lecture Notes
6 Technical Writing Lecture Notes
7 Writing a research/thesis proposal Lecture Notes
8 Ethics in Research Lecture Notes
9 Communication Skills Lecture Notes
10 Scientists must speak Lecture Notes
11 How to present Lecture Notes
12 Student Presentations -
13 Student Presentations -
14 Student Presentations -
15 Student Presentations -
16 Student Presentations -


Other Sources 1. Robert L. Peters. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Master's or Ph.D. (Revised Edition), 1997.
2. Zina O’Leary, The Essential Guide to Doing Research, Sage Publications, London, 2004.
3. Bruce A. Thyer, Preparing Research Articles, Oxford University Press, London, 2008.
4. Paul Oliver, The Student’s Guide to Research Ethics, Open University Press, Philadelphia, 2003.
5. James E. Mauch and Namgi Park, Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook for Students and Faculty, 5th Ed., Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 2003.
6. D. Eric Walters and Gale Climenson Walters, Scientists Must Speak, Rutledge, London, 2002.
7. Owen Hargie (Ed.), The Handbook of Communication Skills, 3rd Ed., Rutledge, London, 2006.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application 1 20
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 3 30
Presentation 3 20
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar 1 30
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury - -
Final Exam/Final Jury - -
Toplam 8 100
Percentage of Semester Work 100
Percentage of Final Work 0
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. X
2 An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyse and interpret data.
3 An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. X
4 An ability to function on multi-disciplinary domains. X
5 An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. X
6 An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. X
7 An ability to communicate effectively.
8 Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
9 A knowledge of contemporary issues. X
10 An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. X
11 Skills in project management and recognition of international standards and methodologies
12 An ability to produce engineering products or prototypes that solve real-life problems.
13 Skills that contribute to professional knowledge. X
14 An ability to make methodological scientific research. X
15 An ability to produce, report and present an original or known scientific body of knowledge. X
16 An ability to defend an originally produced idea. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours)
Application 1 30 30
Special Course Internship 1 20 20
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 2 32
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 2 10 20
Homework Assignments 3 8 24
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury
Total Workload 126