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QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS PROGRAMME COURSE DESCRIPTION

Code Name of the Course Unit Semester In-Class Hours (T+P) Credit ECTS Credit
SOS220 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS 4 3 3 6

GENERAL INFORMATION

Language of Instruction : Turkish
Level of the Course Unit : BACHELOR'S DEGREE, TYY: + 6.Level, EQF-LLL: 6.Level, QF-EHEA: First Cycle
Type of the Course : Compulsory
Mode of Delivery of the Course Unit Blended (Face to face & Distance Learning)
Coordinator of the Course Unit Prof.Dr. KAMİL KAYA
Instructor(s) of the Course Unit Assist.Prof.Dr. NAZAR BAL

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS

Objectives of the Course Unit: At the end of this course students will be able to; define the concepts related to quantitative research with examples, to be able to define the paradigm-theory-method-research relation, to compare the qualitative and quantitative methods by comparing the orientations and their disadvantages, to make the relationship between the research question and the method, to know the relationship between the research types and the research method, to be able to analyze, to know the relevant statistical concepts and to apply SPSS, to create a research question and to make a research design on the basis of quantitative research process and to be able to internalise the importance of ethical principles.
Contents of the Course Unit: Contents of the course include; Paradigm, theory, method and research concepts, paradigm based comparison of quantitative and qualitative methods, process and stages of quantitative research, variable types within the scope of necessary preparations for collecting data, measurement techniques, reliability and validity, basic statistical concepts in the analysis of quantitative data, mode, median, mean, frequency distribution, relationships between variables and tabulation of data, analysis of variance, correlation, regression and other statistical analysis techniques. SPSS applications are performed for quantitative data analysis. Published research reports are taken as concrete examples and analyzed. The importance of ethical principles is covered.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT (On successful completion of this course unit, students/learners will or will be able to)

Knows the importance of paradigm-theory-method-research intertwined
Describes the basic concepts of quantitative methods in the framework of different research methods
Explains the types of research by giving examples
Interprets a scientific research report (articles, papers, theses, etc.) made by quantitative method
Applies the ethical rules to be followed when conducting research
Compare successful survey studies taking into account the concepts of quantitative method
Determines a research question related to his/her field and design a research according to the quantitative research process
Developes positive attitudes based on knowledge and experience on the importance of scientific research

WEEKLY COURSE CONTENTS AND STUDY MATERIALS FOR PRELIMINARY & FURTHER STUDY

Week Preparatory Topics(Subjects) Method
1 - Introduction: Paradigms, theory, method and research Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
2 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Paradigm based comparison of quantitative and qualitative methods Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
3 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Paradigm based comparison of quantitative and qualitative methods Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
4 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Process and stages of quantitative research Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
5 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Step 1: Determining the research question and limitation of it, its functions and types Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
6 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Step 2: Structured observation, population and sample Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
7 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Step 2: Sample types and sampling methods Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
8 - MID-TERM EXAM -
9 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Step 3- Exam paper preparation: principles, question types, scales Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
10 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Step 4: Pretesting Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
11 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Step 5: collecting data Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
12 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Step 6: main statistical concepts for the analysis of data Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
13 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Step 6: Data analysis and SPSS Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
14 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Step 6 (Cont.): Data analysis and SPSS Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
15 Source Reading, Analysis of samples selected from quantitative researches in accordance with the themes explained in the course Step 7: Reporting the research results Lecture, Question and Answer, Analysis on the published research reports and public opinion researches published in newspapers, Discussion
16 - FINAL EXAM -
17 - FINAL EXAM -

SOURCE MATERIALS & RECOMMENDED READING

Arslan, D. A. (2017). Sosyal Bilimlerde Arastirma Yontem ve Teknikleri. Istanbul: Paradigma Akademi Publications.
Balvanes, M. Caputi, P. (2001). Introduction to Quantative Research Methods- An Investigative Approach. London: Sage Publications.
Neuman, W.L. (2008). Toplumsal Arastirma Yontemleri 2nd Volume. Trns. Sedef Ozge. Istanbul: Yayınodasi Publications
Punch, K. (2016).Sosyal Arastirmalara Giris & Nicel ve Nitel Yaklasimlar. Second Edition. Trns Zeynep Akyuz. Ankara: Siyasal Bookstore.
Wheelan, C. (2018). Ciplak Istatistik. Trns Aii Atav. Istanbul: Buzdagi Publications.
Wheelan, C. (2018). Ciplak Istatistik. Trns Aii Atav. Istanbul: Buzdagi Publications.
Liamputtong, Pranee, and Douglas Ezzy. (2005). Qualitative research methods. Vol. 2. Melbourne: Oxford university press

ASSESSMENT

Assessment & Grading of In-Term Activities Number of Activities Degree of Contribution (%) Description
Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5

CONTRIBUTION OF THE COURSE UNIT TO THE PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

KNOWLEDGE

Theoretical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students define the concepts they learned and match them with their corresponding phenomena in the social world.
3
2
Students interpret concepts and theories taking into account their historical-cultural contexts.
4
3
Students compare sociological theories with reference to social problems.
4
4
Students distinguish the significance of ecological, social and economical sustainability for world’s future.
1
5
Students develop their knowledge on sustainability by the use of information and communication technologies.
1

KNOWLEDGE

Factual

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students evaluate qualitative and quantitative data of sociological research studies.
5
2
Students analyse the complicated interactions between the social, cultural, political, economical and demographical phenomena of the global world.
3

SKILLS

Cognitive

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students design a research by their acquired knowledge and experience.
5

SKILLS

Practical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students research field study considering the principle of cultural relativity, scientific and ethical values.
5
2
Students efficiently apply the most suitable information and communication technologies in their studies.
1
3
Students use their knowledge on ecological, social and economical sustainability in all aspects of their lives.
3

OCCUPATIONAL

Autonomy & Responsibility

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students research on problems which reflect on their fields in the global world undergoing rapid and profound change.
5

OCCUPATIONAL

Learning to Learn

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students criticize their advanced knowledge and skills in an analytical manner.
4
2
Students develop their knowledge and skills within the frame of scientific, technological and current developments via adopting the principle of lifelong learning.
2
3
Students act ethically impartial in their research studies.
5

OCCUPATIONAL

Communication & Social

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students criticize their advanced knowledge and skills in an analytical manner.
4

OCCUPATIONAL

Occupational and/or Vocational

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students apply the principle of cultural relativity, scientific and ethical values with reference to sustainability throughout their studies in their careers.
2

WORKLOAD & ECTS CREDITS OF THE COURSE UNIT

Workload for Learning & Teaching Activities

Type of the Learning Activites Learning Activities (# of week) Duration (hours, h) Workload (h)
Lecture & In-Class Activities 14 3 42
Preliminary & Further Study 12 4 48
Land Surveying 0 0 0
Group Work 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Reading 12 4 48
Assignment (Homework) 0 0 0
Project Work 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Internship 0 0 0
Technical Visit 0 0 0
Web Based Learning 0 0 0
Implementation/Application/Practice 0 0 0
Practice at a workplace 0 0 0
Occupational Activity 0 0 0
Social Activity 0 0 0
Thesis Work 0 0 0
Field Study 0 0 0
Report Writing 0 0 0
Final Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for the Final Exam 1 7 7
Mid-Term Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for the Mid-Term Exam 1 5 5
Short Exam 0 0 0
Preparation for the Short Exam 0 0 0
TOTAL 42 0 152
Total Workload of the Course Unit 152
Workload (h) / 25.5 6
ECTS Credits allocated for the Course Unit 6,0