Research Methods

Ders Kodu: 
PHYS 514
Ders Dönemi: 
Bahar
Ders Tipi: 
Zorunlu
Teori Saati: 
3
Uygulama Saati: 
0
Kredi: 
3
AKTS: 
10
Dersin Dili: 
İngilizce
Dersin Amacı: 
To introduce research as an integral part of professional practice. thus as a way of thinking
Dersin İçeriği: 

Scientific statements, formulating a research problem, collecting data, measurement, signal processing, the scientific method, mathematical models, research design, uncertainty, probability and statistics in research, probability theories, Bayes’ theorem, ethics and responsibility in scientific research, writing a research proposal

Dersin Öğretim Yöntemleri: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Laboratory, 4: Case-study
Dersin Ölçme Yöntemleri: 
A: Testing, B: Experiment, C: Homework, D: Project

Dikey Sekmeler

Dersin Öğrenme Çıktıları

Course Learning Outcomes Program

Learning Outcomes

Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1)  Gains an insight into research as a way of thinking and an integral part of professional practice 1 1,2 A
2) Perceives that research is an eight-step process and can conduct a plan of study and write a research proposal accordingly

 

5,1,6 1,2,4 A,C
3) Can clearly identify inductive and deductive scientific statements and is capable of utilising them to write a research report 2,10 1,2,4 A,C
4) Is capable of formulating a research report using a literature review to develop a draft, write about variables, list references and bibliography. 2,5,6 1,4 A,C
5) Is able to construct a hypothesis and formulate a research proposal accordingly 5 1,4 C
6) gains an understanding of how to improve    research methodology and broaden their research base

 

6,10 1,4 A
7)Is able to differentiate between data collection methods and major approaches to information gathering 7 1,2,4 A,C
8) Is capable of considering ethical issues concerning (participants, confidentiality, information usage,  method, and sponsoring organisations) 9 1,2 A
9) Gains skills in writing research proposals

 

8 1,4 C

Dersin Akışı

COURSE CONTENT
Week Topics Study Materials
  Scientific statements: justification and acceptance,

Deductive &Inductive reasoning, Falsification, Peer review

Textbook
  Formulating a research problem: Basic research, Applied research, Evaluation  research, Reviewing literature, Formulating a research problem, Identify variables, hypothesis construction Textbook
  Collecting data: selecting a method, establishing validity and reliability of a research instrument, selecting a sample, ethical issues in data collection Textbook
  Measurement: Measurement errors, Significant digits and rounding, Potential sources of error, Random and systematic errors, When to discard a measurement Textbook
  Signal processing: Electronics, Interfacing, Instrumentation Textbook
  Processing and displaying data Textbook
  The scientific method and implementation into research: Observation, Hypothesis, Experimental testing, Predictions Textbook
  Mathematical models: Empirical versus deterministic models Textbook
  Research design: Components, Research design and your proposal, Checklists to assist you in preparing dissertation and thesis proposals Textbook
  Uncertainty, probability and statistics in research: Probability concepts,(Probability theories and axioms, Bayes’ theorem), Inductive logic and statistics Textbook
  Ethics and responsibility in scientific research Textbook
    Textbook
  Further Suggestions

What else is needed to complete a thesis

Textbook
  Writing a research proposal Textbook
     
16 FINAL EXAM Textbook

                                                   

Kaynaklar

Textbook
  1. Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners Paperback , 4th edn,  14 Jan 2014, Ranjit Kumar
  2. Research Methodology: The Aims, Practices and ethics of science, Peter Pruzan
Additional Resources Explorable website – www.explorable.com

Materyal Paylaşımı

Documents Handouts
Assignments Assignments every other week

Değerlendirme Sistemi

ASSESSMENT
IN-TERM STUDIES NUMBER PERCENTAGE
Mid-term exam 2 30
Experiment 0 0
Assignment 6 10
Total   40
CONTRIBUTION OF FINAL EXAMINATION TO OVERALL GRADE   60
CONTRIBUTION OF IN-TERM TRAINING TO OVERALL GRADE   40
Total   100

Dersin Program Çıktılarına Katkısı

COURSE'S CONTRIBUTION TO PROGRAM
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution Level
1 2 3 4 5  
1 Initiates and develops scientific research skills         x  
2 Strengthens scientific communication and writing skills       x    
3 Develops students’ knowledge of measurement uncertainty     x      
4 Develops students’ knowledge of instrumentation   x        
5 Introduces students to the scientific method       x    
6 Teaches students to identify and describe research problems and propose solutions using research methodology         X  
7 Enables students to design and perform experiments independently, collecting, analysing and interpreting data professionally       x    
8 Strengthens the ability to produce original, innovative proposals       x    
9 Brings awareness of ethical responsibilities   x        
10 Enables students to gain the skills to achieve lifelong learning   x        

AKTS İş Yükü Tablosu

ECTS ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD BY THE COURSE DESCRIPTION
Activities Quantity Duration
(Hour)
Total
Workload
(Hour)
Course Duration (Excluding the exam weeks: 14x Total course hours) 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 3 42
Mid-term examination 2 2 4
Homework 6 8 48
Final examination 1 3 3
Total Work Load     139
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     5.6
ECTS Credit of the Course     8