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| AKADEMIA LEONA KOŹMIŃSKIEGOKOŹMIŃSKI UNIVERSITY| |

ACADEMIC SYLLABUS 2012/2013 FALL SEMESTER

MODULE TITLE| Research Methods|
PROGRAM OF STUDY| Master program in management|

STAFF TEACHING THE MODULE| ACADEMIC DEGREE, NAME AND SURNAME| Chair /Institute/ Center| Type of course (L/W/DS)| | Eugene Kaciak, PhD| Brock University, Canada; Kozminski University | DS|

AIMS| This course has been designed to provide an in-depth understanding of a research process. Students will gain experience in analyzing and evaluating published research, defining research problems, designing a research project, and in collecting, analyzing, recording, and interpreting data and presenting the results. The overarching objective of the course is to teach research methods combining academic theory and practical applications in social sciences in general and business in the heart of Europe in particular.| LEARNING OUTCOMES|

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING|
CODE OF LEARNING OUTCOME WITHIN THE SPECIFIC PROGRAM| DESCRIPTION OF LEARNING OUTCOMES ON THE COURSE LEVEL| M/S2A_W01| 1. understand fundamental philosophies and approaches to research2. learn how to define a research problem and the related research question(s) and hypotheses. Thus, students will familiarize themselves with the deductive (quantitative) approach – from theory to data3. become familiar with the inductive (qualitative) approach (from data to theory), as well as with the grounded theory approach - a combination of the above two approaches 4. know how to select appropriate theory to specific situation 5. know how to undertake a literature review incorporating academic and other professional publications6. understand the requirements for writing up a research proposal| M/S2A_W06| 1. understand the overall process for conducting a research project involving primary and/or secondary data2. have reviewed basic tools of business research to gather, record, and analyze data for aid in making business decisions3. understand the importance and application of statistics and research in the business world| SUBJECT SPECIFIC SKILLS (DISCIPLINE SKILLS)|

CODE OF LEARNING OUTCOME WITHIN THE SPECIFIC PROGRAM| DESCRIPTION OF LEARNING OUTCOMES ON THE COURSE LEVEL| M/S2A_U01| 1. distinguish among different research philosophies and methodologies2. demonstrate understanding of ethical issues in research| M/S2A_U02| 1. evaluate and interpret statistical results2. use statistical information meaningfully for the purpose of her/his research proposal| M/S2A_U03| 1. formulate and verify research hypotheses|

M/S2A_U04| 1. examine and apply basic tools of business research to gather, record, and analyse data for aid in making business decisions 2. use in practice the SPSS for Windows IBM Statistics 20 software package for the univariate and multivariate analyses of business data (detailed steps for running various SPSS for Windows programs will be given)3. use SPSS for Windows software through practical problem solving exercises| M/S2A_U05| 1. employ different research philosophies and methodologies when defining and analyzing her/his research problem 2. integrate various research approaches across business disciplines| M/S2A_U09| 1. design effective research studies2. develop a research framework and model | M/S2A_U11| 1. conduct effective literature reviews |

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SOCIAL COMPETENCES (PERSONAL TRANSFERABLE SKILLS)|
CODE OF LEARNING OUTCOME WITHIN THE SPECIFIC PROGRAM| DESCRIPTION OF LEARNING OUTCOMES ON THE COURSE LEVEL| M/S2A_K01| 1. perform critical thinking |
M/S2A_K02| 1. perform team work2. share and discuss her/his research ideas with others | M/S2A_K04| 1. perform effective problem solving ability to facilitate the management process| M/S2A_K05| 1. perform effective communications (written, spoken) aiming at achieving a specific social effect|

METHODS OF TEACHING|
Combination of the...
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