Course: Basic Elements of Applied Research

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Course title Basic Elements of Applied Research
Course code KAJ/ZAVNE
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Malá Marcela, PhDr. M.A., Ph.D.
  • Vernyik Zénó, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Course Schedule Full-Time Program 1) Introduction to the Course. Discussing the Syllabus and the Course Requirements. 2) Register and Style in Thesis Writing: Academic English 3) Choosing a Topic 4) Research Questions and Thesis Statements 5) Finding Sources 6) Reading Academic Sources Effectively 7) Focus on the Master's Thesis: The Introduction 8) Focus on the Master's Thesis: The Literature Review 9) Focus on the Master's Thesis: The Conclusion 10) Documenting Sources: Direct Quotes, Summaries and Paraphrases, or How To Avoid Plagiarism 11) Citation Style: Chicago Style (Author-Date) 12) Citation Managers: MS Word, Zotero, EndNote 13) Focus on the Master's Thesis: The Summary 14) Miscellaneous Topics (Based on the Specific Needs of Students) Part-time Program Session 1: Topics 1-3 Session 2: Topics 4-7 Session 3: Topics 8-9 Session 4: Topics 10-13

Learning activities and teaching methods
Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments)
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 15 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 17 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to help students select and sufficiently narrow down the topic of their diploma thesis in which they demonstrate their ability to evaluate theoretical findings and formulate research methods and research aims within the area of the thesis. Students will be able to use research tools and an appropriate academic style in their written discourse. Attention is also paid to basic strategies for finding relevant literature, collecting data, doing research and interpreting findings.
The students will be equipped with basic strategies for finding relevant literature, and doing their research.
Prerequisites
Threshold level of C1.

Assessment methods and criteria
Systematické pozorování studenta

Full-time Program The course is finished with a credit. In order to obtain a credit, students must: a) regularly attend and actively participate in class sessions (2 absences tolerated) b) submit all required exercises and home assignments and achieve at least 70% of the available score. All assignments and exercises can be resubmitted once if need be. Part-time Program The requirements are the same as those for the full-time, except that attendance is only strongly recommended, but not compulsory.
Recommended literature
  • Bachman, Lyle F. et al. Statistical Analyses for Language Assessment. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005.
  • Bachman, Lyle F. et al. Statistical Analyses for Language Assessment. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005.
  • Bell, J. Doing Your Research Project. A Guide to First-Time Researchers in Education and Social Science. 2nd ed.. OUP, 1995.
  • Bitljanová, Věra a Zuzana Šaffková. Diplomová práce krok za krokem. Liberec: TUL, 2006.
  • Bitljanová, Věra a Zuzana Šaffková. Diplomová práce krok za krokem. Liberec: TUL, 2006.
  • Booth, Andrew et al. Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2012.
  • Booth, Andrew et al. Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2012.
  • Brown, James Dean. Understanding Research in Second Language Learning: A Teacher's Guide to Statistics and Research Design. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988.
  • Brown, James Dean. Understanding Research in Second Language Learning: A Teacher's Guide to Statistics and Research Design. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988.
  • Burešová, V. and D. Sarvay. Developing Student Research Projects. Diploma Thesis Guide. TUL, FP, 1997.
  • Burns, Anne. Collaborative Action Research for English Teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1999.
  • Burns, Anne. Collaborative Action Research for English Teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1999.
  • Cohen, Louis, and Lawrence Manion. Research Methods in Education. New York: Routledge, 2011.
  • Cohen, Louis, and Lawrence Manion. Research Methods in Education. New York: Routledge, 2011.
  • Cory, H. Advanced Writing with English in Use. Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Dörnyei, Zoltán. Questionnaires in Second Language Research. New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • Dörnyei, Zoltán. Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methodologies. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007.
  • Dörnyei, Zoltán. Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methodologies. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007.
  • Ede, L. Work in Progress. A Guide to Writing and Revising. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.
  • Hacker, D. Rules for Writers. A Concise Handbook. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988.
  • Chráska, Miroslav. Metody pedagogického výzkumu. Praha: Grada, 2007.
  • Chráska, Miroslav. Metody pedagogického výzkumu. Praha: Grada, 2007.
  • Johnson, J. The Bedford Guide to the Research Process. Boston: Bedford Books, 1997.
  • Leki, I. Academic Writing. Techniques and Tasks. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989.
  • Lester, J.D. Writing Research Papers. A complete guide. USA: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1990.
  • Nunan, David. Research Methods in Language Learning. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994.
  • Sharp, John. Success with Your Education Research Project. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2012.


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