Research Methods I

(Course Code: 105Υ, Course outline)

Semester: 3 Teaching Credits: 5 ECTS Credits: 5 Type: Compulsory
Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: General background Instructor:

The basic goals of this course are to familiarize the students with quantitative and qualitative research methods used in environmental science and acquaint them with a variety of research tools.

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

  • understand the basic components of designing research in environmental science
  • Identify and evaluate the appropriateness of the research methodology for the study
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. Ethics for researchers. How to avoid Plagiarism.
    3. Research Stages. Research Problem.
    4. Research Question. Research Hypothesis.
    5. Search Skills for Bibliographic Databases. Reference List and Bibliography.
    6. Assignment Writing guidelines. Assignment Presentation.
    7. Literature Review Ι.
    8. Literature Review ΙΙ.
    9. Sample, Population, Sampling Methods.
    10. Quantitative & Qualitative Research methods I. Questionnaire. Interview.
    11. Quantitative & Qualitative Research methods I. Questionnaire. Interview.
    12. Quantitative & Qualitative Research methods ΙΙ. Participant Observation method. Focus Groups. Content Analysis
    13. Oral Presentation Assignment
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:

  1. Individual Assignment (10%)
  2. Individual Assignment (20%)
  3. Group Assignment (20%)
  4. Written examination (50 %)
Notes: Yes
Basic Textbook:

+Πώς γίνεται μια επιστημονική εργασία;, Τύπος: Σύγγραμμα, Ζαφειρόπουλος Κώστας, 2015, Κριτική, ISBN: 978-960-586-077-6

+Η έρευνα του πραγματικού κόσμου, Τύπος: Σύγγραμμα, Robson Colin, 2010, Gutenberg, ISBN: 978-960-01-1132-3

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



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