Research Methodology

Course Information
TitleΜΕΘΟΔΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΕΡΕΥΝΑΣ / Research Methodology
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000544

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • Italian (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Students should be familiar with the use of computers.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able: 1. to enhance their knowledge in research methodology 2. to enhance their sensitivity to research ethics 3. to handle literature review tools 4. to read and evaluate scientific articles.
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
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is an advanced series of lectures on the philosophical background of sociological and methodological research in rural areas. Successful participating of students make considerably easier the assimilation of the teaching material and the achievement of a satisfactory degree. The course is especially suited to students who wish to continue their studies at the PhD level by providing the framework that required for conducting research and writing research paper. In particular the course also provides students with an overview of the areas of rural sociological research, questionnaire, experiment, interview, presentation, writing, data analysis and an introduction to the literature review tools and software.
Research, Epistemology, Methodology, Experiment, Questionnaire, Interview, Fieldwork
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Teaching Software: MS-Powerpoint e-class platform: Rural-lab platform (special platform of the laboratory
Course Organization
Reading Assigment25
Written assigments25
Student Assessment
70% written exams 30% individual project assignment (exercise) - Public presentation on Computer.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Babbie, E., "Εισαγωγή στην Κοινωνιολογική Έρευνα", Κριτική, 2011 (κωδικός Εύδοξος: 12508145).
Additional bibliography for study
Σιάρδος, Γ., "Μεθοδολογία Κοινωνιολογικής Έρευνας - 3η έκδοση", Ζήτη, 2009. Δαουτόπουλος, Γ., "Μεθοδολογία Κοινωνικών Ερευνών - 5η έκδοση", Αυτοέκδοση, 2005. • Babbie, E. (2011). Εισαγωγή στην Κοινωνική Έρευνα. Εισαγωγή & Επιμ. Κώστας Ζαφειρόπουλος. Εκδόσεις ΚΡΙΤΙΚΗ: Αθήνα • Brannen, J. (2005). Mixing Methods: The Entry of Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches into the Research Process, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 8:3, pp. 173-184 • Allison, P., Severt, D. & Dickson, D. (2010). A Conceptual Model for Mystery Shopping Motivations, Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management, 19:6, pp. 629-657 • Ασπράκη, Γ. Ε. (2004). Επαγγελματικη ηθικη και δεοντολογια στην κοινωνικη ανθρωπολογια. Επιθεώρηση Κοινωνικών Ερευνών, 115, σελ.157-180. • Svendsen, G. L.H. (2006). Studying social capital in situ: A qualitative approach, Theory and Society, 35, pp. 39–7 • Onwuegbuzie, A.J. & Leech, N.L. (2005) On Becoming a Pragmatic Researcher: The Importance of Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodologies, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 8:5, pp. 375-387
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