Research Methods and Tools

Course Information
TitleΜέθοδοι και Εργαλεία Έρευνας / Research Methods and Tools
CodeΛογ 591
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004004


Registered students: 9
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Anglikés kai Amerikanikés SpoudésCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-5

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
• Ability to organize a research project • Ability to use the search engines and data bases expertly • Ability to write a coherent and well-substantiated research paper • Ability to evaluate and criticize the work of others • Ability to produce original ideas and contribute to scholarship
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of advanced research and research-paper writing. It instructs students on how to research a topic in both printed and electronic sources, using various search engines and specialist data bases. It also teaches students how to handle bibliographic reference systems (such as that of the MLA), how to treat secondary sources critically, and how to determine a suitable theoretical perspective for their topic. Special attention will be paid to distinguishing one’s own voice in writing from the voice of the critics and how to locate and express original ideas.
Research methods, writing research paper
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Access to the Elearning platform and powerpoint presentations.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment260.9
Written assigments85.53.1
Student Assessment
in class participation/ oral presentations research paper
Student Assessment methods
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. Axelrod, Rise B., and Charles R. Cooper. Reading Critically, Writing Well. Barnet & Stubb’s Practical Guide to Writing with Readings,7th ed. Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Fabb, Nigel, and Alan Durant. How to Write Essays, Dissertations & Theses in Literary Studies. Muller, Gilbert H., and John A. Williams. Ways In: Approached to Reading and Writing about Literature and Film. Watson, George. Writing a Thesis: A Guide to Long Essays and Dissertations.
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