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)
N/A
Course Language English
Course Type Compulsory Departmental Courses
Course Level Ph.D.
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies .
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
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 -

Sources

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 Gains the ability to understand and apply knowledge in the fields of mathematics, science and basic sciences at the level of expertise.
2 Gains the ability to access wide and deep knowledge in the field of Engineering by doing scientific research with current techniques and methods, evaluate, interpret and implement the gained knowledge.
3 Being aware of the latest developments his/her field of study, defines problems, formulates and develops new and/or original ideas and methods in solutions.
4 Designs and applies theoretical, experimental, and model-based research, analyzes and interprets the results obtained at the level of expertise.
5 Gains the ability to use the applications, techniques, modern tools and equipment in his/her field of study at the level of expertise.
6 Designs, executes and finalizes an original work process independently.
7 Can work in interdisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams, lead teams, use the information of different disciplines together and develop solution approaches.
8 Pays regard to scientific, social and ethical values in all professional activities and acquires responsibility consciousness at the level of expertise.
9 Contributes to the literature by communicating the processes and results of his/her academic studies in written form or orally in national and international academic environments, communicates effectively with communities and scientific staff working in the field of specialization.
10 Gains the skill of lifelong learning at the level of expertise.
11 Communicates verbally and in written form using a foreign language at least at the European Language Portfolio B2 General Level.
12 Recognizes the social, environmental, health, safety, legal aspects of engineering applications, as well as project management and business life practices, being aware of the limitations they place on engineering applications.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours)
Laboratory
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
Project
Report
Homework Assignments 3 8 24
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury
Total Workload 126