Course Title : Research Methods
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Credits ECTS
ISC 401-1 A -1 4 0 0 4.00 6
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Description Research Methods actually asserts that by this definition means an articulate theory, operational concepts which are used to learn knowledge that are a function of problem solving, building and defining concepts for development strategy, strategic planning, effective management. Research Methods help prepare a good paper, you can apply both to regain confidence in the usefulness and value as pipelines of progress during the study, to understand not just as data collection, but as a critical processing an experience, aptitude profit (valid for the future) to detect problems, to handle them methodically them and submitted them under some certain communication modes. This lecture course is intended to explain how to perform a study that relies on the proper method, providing critical - theoretical contribution about the usefulness of the analytical studies foolish, but the guide will help on the way how to work a specific paper. In short, the program contains sufficient amount of theoretical material, to give them practical importance, by which creates a stable foundation to build intellectually
Objectives To get knowledge on advanced methods of scientific research  Adopt operational concepts to promote the acquisition of knowledge dealing with design skills as a modern preparation, without which it is difficult to align the students in terms of understanding, interpretation, the independence and the exit from the circle vicious time.  To reach students applying instruments methodological, theoretical reviews allow passing on concrete actions in research, observations and professional jobs compositions, as a step to access the inside of the science.  Bachelor Course lectures enables original action, independent of communication with past values and ideas of drawing useful performance for the holistic development of culture as a precondition of all other developments.
Course Outline
1Introduction to scientific research. What is scientific research? Characteristics of scientific research. Quality in research. General presentation of scientific research, its importance as an integral part of the preparation of scientific papers, diploma thesis and data analysis. Examples of high quality research papers to illustrate with concrete examples the quality in scientific research "Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq 15-38
2Definitions, classifications and examples of applications. The nature of the subject of scientific research in the social sciences. Historical description of scientific development and explanation of the basic concepts of the main terms that will be encountered during the development of the subject, the main theories and their evolution over the years. "Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq 41- 56
3Stages of scientific research. Research chain links. Primary and secondary sources. The study problem and its definition. Search engines. Combination of information sources. Archives and technical-scientific processing of documents. “Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq. 73-92
4Nature of data. Data characteristics. Using data as a representation of social reality. Explanation of the nature of the data and explanation of the three basic concepts, qualitative, quantitative and mixed data. Concrete examples of their use in specific works. “Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq.95-105
5Planning a research project. Ethics in scientific research Students will try to realize the first part of a project proposal based on the explanation of the lectures so far. Evaluate the ethical requirements of research. “Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq 107-122
6Planning a research project. Ethics in scientific research Students will try to realize the first part of a project proposal based on the explanation of the lectures so far. Evaluate the ethical requirements of research. “Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq 127-141
7Method (s) of observation. Social researcher telescope. The types and models of observations will be explained based on concrete works of each type. How should we prepare for each of the types of observation and what are the characteristics of each of the models. “Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq 145-164
8Midterm Exam
9Survey as a method of quantitative research How the data collection process is carried out (survey and survey), how the questions should be formulated and how the survey design is carried out. Open and closed survey questions. “Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq 167-185
10Sampling, representation and coding. Basic concepts about sampling. Number of study sampling components. Basis of sampling and some ways of sampling. “Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq 189-208
11Focus groups. Observation. Secondary data sources. Comparative Method. Detailed explanation of secondary sources and their integration together with primary data during the research process. Their role in this process and the justification of their use in describing the methodology. Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq 211-223
12Data analysis. Features of the analysis. Statistical analysis. Types of data analysis and concrete examples realized from various academic works. Explanation of statistical analysis and its importance as part of working and finding results. “Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq 265-276
13Thematic analysis. Work with quality data. Narrative analysis. Lecture analysis. Content analysis. Characteristics of qualitative data and their difference from quantitative indicators. The basic elements that must be taken into account for the realization of this process and the special ones compared to the quantitative data. “Metodat e kërkimit", Leke Sokoli, Kristalina-Kh 2012, fq 279-307
14Planning and structure of academic writing. The way of writing. Summary of basic concepts in academic writing, topic sentences, supporting sentences and concluding sentences. Overview of the reference system. "Introduction to research methods", Bora Pajo, Sage 2017, fq 311-31
15Drafting the final version of the paper. Reference system. Plagiarism. Theoretical explanation of the completion of the diploma or academic writing and closing of the process at the end. Submission of the project proposal realized according to the phases during the development of the course. How to write references in different positions in the text. Types of references and their placement as part of the bibliography at the end of the paper. Reference models and practice references in Word format. "Introduction to research methods", Bora Pajo, Sage 2017, pp. 301-317Miterm Exam
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1The students learn the definition of the terms, propound, sentence of propound of the problem, sub problem, hypothesis, assumption, definition and example
2The students learn to determine the works and the authors needed for the propounding of the problem
3They learn to write the necessary qualities that a hypothesis should contain.
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade50
Contribution of final examination to overall grade50
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16464
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14456
Assignments 000
Midterms 11010
Final examination 12020
Other 000
Total Work Load 150
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 6

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