Research methodology

Course Information
TitleΕΡΕΥΝΗΤΙΚΗ ΜΕΘΟΔΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Research methodology
Interdepartmental ProgrammeProcesses and Technology of Advanced Materials
Collaborating SchoolsElectrical and Computer Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004497

Programme of Study: Processes and Technology of Advanced Materials

Registered students: 25
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course214

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2021
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
There are no prerequisite course to this class
Learning Outcomes
The objectives of the course sought to be achieved through an applied teaching process, have a direct dependence on the individual learning outcomes of this process. As long as the course is conducted properly, the resulting learning outcomes can be classified in two categories: a) acquisition of special knowledge, and b) development of special abilities and skills. Apparently, the common designation of the term "special" is about focusing the whole process on research issues. The individual learning outcomes for these two categories are given in detail immediately below. Acquisition of specialist knowledge The knowledge that every graduate student acquires by attending the class pertains to the information and familiarization with the conceptual contents of key issues related to research. These issues are as follows: • The basic concepts (science, research, knowledge) and the connection between them • The internationally recognized and applied rules of ethics and conduct in research • The research process and related concepts (structure and design of research, originality, the role of the researcher) • The specialization of research activity in the natural sciences (methodology, methods, techniques, use of technology and its means) • The various forms of dissemination of research results and the corresponding activities of a new researcher • Basic concepts, principles and sources of terminology with an emphasis on their correct use in basic and technological research Development of special abilities and skills From a broader set of necessary abilities and skills, which the student needs to develop or every new researcher should improve in a short time, those listed below are supported - to a small or large extent - by the specific course. Finally, an additional set of abilities and skills are provided, which should be developed through various ways during the course of the research for the graduate M.Sc. degree. Below is a ranking of the abilities and skills, which are expected to be acquired by a graduate degree student, in five individual thematic units. Design and organization of research • Ability to identify and evaluate research problems • Understanding of research methods and techniques and their appropriate application • Ability to critically analyze and evaluate the findings of other researchers • Ability to summarize, record and report on a research project Conducting research - research environment • Understanding the wider environment, in which a research is conducted • Perception and awareness of issues related to ethics and ethics when conducting research • Understanding the different rights and obligations of researchers in the various forms of research (basic, independent, funded) • Understanding the processes of publication and academic or commercial exploitation of research results Research management • Familiarity with and ability to access appropriate bibliographic and other resources sources of information • Ability to effectively use IT technologies for database management data, the recording and presentation of information Communication and publication of research • Ability to write correct and appropriate texts depending on the occasion (e.g. reports on progress, publications, theses) • Ability to prepare for oral presentations-speeches • Familiarity with the preparation and use of supervisory support material Collective work • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with supervisors and colleagues • Understanding the ways of behavior and its effects on third parties through personal participation and contribution to the success of group initiatives and tasks
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. Introduction-basic concepts (Class organization in groups of 4, Connecting and using Blackboard) 2. Research process (Search – article selection) 3. Bibliographic information 4. Technical terminology 5. Research with quantitative data 6. Oral presentations 7. Article review speeches (Critical analysis (speaker) - Creative discussion(entire class)) 8. Posters and diagrams 9. The written text 10. Conference (Simulation of the Conference, Presentations of the articles (with PPT) - Posting of posters and commenting on them)
Research, research methodology, international bibliography, evaluation of scientific work, conception of original idea, implementation of ideas with technological significance
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of T.P.E. in Teaching, Use of T.P.E. in Laboratory Education, Use of T.P.E. in Communication with students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment261.0
Written assigments200.8
Student Assessment
The student evaluation criteria can be found on the website: Evaluation Methods: 1. Assignment of General Work 2. Assignment of Special Work A (Formative, Conclusive) 3. Presentation of the selected articles 4. Assignment of Special Work B (Formative, Conclusive) 5. Conference Simulation 6. Other / Others (Formative, Conclusive)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
ΕΙΣΑΓΩΓΗ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΡΕΥΝΗΤΙΚΗ ΜΕΘΟΔΟΛΟΓΙΑ. Π. Λατινόπουλος, Θεσσαλονίκη, Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, 2011
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