Research Methods II

(Course Code: 412KEY)

Semester:  6 Teaching Credits: 3 ECTS Credits: 5 Type: Compulsory
Prerequisite Courses: Research Methods I

Statistics

Direction: Environmental Sciences Instructor:  Nikos Fyllas

The basic goals of this course are to familiarize the students with research methods for data collection, processing and analysis and acquaint them with a variety of research tools.

By completion of this course, students will be able to:

use data analytic techniques such as contingency tables, linear regression, and statistical hypothesis tests to investigate practical and theoretical issues related to Environmental Science.

Topics per Week:
  1. Introduction, course overview, learning outcomes and way of assessment /grading
  2. Scientific research: goals and components. Research Laboratories at the Department of Environment.
  3. Scales of Measurement. Research Question. Research Hypothesis.
  4. Sample, Population, Sampling Methods.
  5. Methods of Data Collection I.
  6. Methods of Data Collection II.
  7. Introduction to Descriptive Statistics.
  8. Using Excel/SPSS for Descriptive Statistics.
  9. Introducing Inferential Statistics.
  10. Confidence intervals , Chi-Square
  11. Confidence intervals and significance tests for correlation and regression
  12. Writing a Research Proposal
  13. Oral Presentation Assignment
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
:
 3
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
:
 4
Other Activities:  –
Grading:  Written examination & Assignments
Notes: Yes
Basic Textbook: +Στατιστική και μεθοδολογία έρευνας στις κοινωνικές επιστήμες, Τύπος: Σύγγραμμα, Αναστασιάδου Σοφία, 2012, Κριτική, ISBN: 978-960-218-778-4

+Η στατιστική στην κοινωνική έρευνα, Τύπος: Σύγγραμμα, Υφαντόπουλος Γιάννης Ν., Νικολαΐδου Κυριακή Ε., 2008, Gutenberg, ISBN: 978-960-01-1198-9

Bibliography: +Salkind N.J. 1997. Exploring Research. Prentice‐Hall: New Jersey • Yin R.K. 1994. Case study research: design and methods. Sage: Thousand Oaks

+Creswell J.W. 1994. Research design: qualitative and quantitative approaches.  Sage: Thousand Oaks

+Marshall P. 1997. Research methods: how to design and conduct a successful project. How to Books: Plymouth

+Κυριαζή Ν. 1998. Η κοινωνιολογική έρευνα: κριτική επισκόπηση των μεθόδων και των τεχνικών, Ελληνικές Επιστημονικές εκδόσεις, Αθήνα

+Ιωσηφίδης Θ. 2003. Ανάλυση ποιοτικών δεδομένων στις κοινωνικές επιστήμες, Εκδόσεις Κριτική, Αθήνα

Language:

Greek

Internet Links:

www.cordis.lu

Community Research and Development Information Center

http://gradschool.about.com/cs/presentations/

Presentations and Public Speaking ‐ Guide picks.

www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/280/5361/208#Latour

From the world of science to the world of research

www.research.umich.edu/proposals/pwg/pwgcontents.html

Proposer’s writing guide (University of Michigan)

http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat

HyperStat Online Statistics Textbook