Research Methods
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Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Research Methods
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
Timo Tobias Ley (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To create opportunities for acquiring theoretical knowledge about various research approaches and to support developing the students’ ability to apply as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of different research methods.
Brief description of the course
The course is about how to write a research plan and proposal, how to formulate research questions and choose appropriate methods.
Classification and main features of research approaches/ methodologies and methods.
Overview of research designs for empirical and design research: experiment, survey, grounded theory, case study, action research, evaluation research. The following activities are covered: designing controlled experiments, designing questionnaires, conducting interviews, analyzing verbal data, analyzing transaction logs.
Course consists of seminars where students are expected to be actively involved. In addition every student must submit home assignment, which consists of three parts and covers all methodological aspects of the research project.
Independent work
Students must read 5 research articles about research studies and describe the research question, design, data collection and analysis used in the reported articles.

Students must complete a 2-page research plan and an 8-page essay.
Learning outcomes in the course
After the course, student:
Recognizes and can comparatively differentiate between different types of research designs;
Knows what are the main quality criteria for academic research and can evaluate the quality of a given study according to these criteria;
Can set up research questions and choose the appropriate methodology according to the set questions;
Can design simple instruments for data collection;
Can structure the study while writing up and format the thesis according to the requirements.
Assessment methods
A - 90-100% of the work is done - excellent: outstanding work with only few minor errors.
B - 80-90% of the work is done - very good: above average work but with some minor errors.
C - 70-80% of the work is done - good: generally good work with a number of notable errors.
D - 60-70% of the work is done - satisfactory: reasonable work but with significant shortcomings.
E - 50-60% of the work is done - sufficient: passable performance meeting the minimum criteria.
F- less than 50% of the work is done - fail: more work is required before the credit can be awarded.
Timo Tobias Ley
Study literature
Reading research articles that will be assigned by the beginning of the class.
Additional information
Students must participate in 80% of the class sessions.
Students must complete a short 2-page research plan about a research project they are planning,
Students must write a more extensive 5 page research proposal as a basis for a research project they are planning and
Students must prepare answers to home assignments and discuss them in class, and participate in the in-class individual and group exercises.
Replacement literature
Brewerton, Millward (2001). Organizational Research Methods, Sage
Cohen, Manion, Morrison (2007). Research Methods in Education. Routledge.