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Introduction to Research Methods

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Course ID: BSTS-ResMeth-Int Erasmus code / ISCED: (unknown) / (unknown)
Course title: Introduction to Research Methods Name in Polish: Introduction to Research Methods
Department: (in Polish) Biuro do spraw obsługi projektu "Interdyscyplinarne studia doktoranckie STŚ"
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Language: English
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The main theme of this introductory course is the process of gathering, understanding, and making use of empirical data. Topics proceed from the conceptual preparation of research to the review of various quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques of data collection, and then to the basics of data analysis. The overall attitude is thus practical. Discussed methods include surveys, experiments, focus groups, in-depth interviews.

Learning outcomes:


After the course the student is able to understand:

1. Inter- and multidisciplinary approaches in scientific projects, the role of analogies and metaphors in scientific progress with avoiding cross-scientific superficial analogies and metaphors in development of research design. Aspects of specificity and commonness of research design in natural and social sciences

2. The concept of causality in natural and social sciences in non-experimental, quasi-experimental and experimental context and its differences in natural and social sciences.

3. Statistical methods and tools in diagnosis of cause-effect relationship in natural and social systems

4. Contextual and hierarchical nature of data (and social and natural systems) as well as interactions among hierarchical levels of the analysis. Specificity of research designs and analytical methods in hierarchical, multilevel context and proper use of statistical models that explain the nested and hierarchical levels of physical, biological and social data.

5. The nature of multidimensionality of the data in life and social sciences (complex, large scale, sequential, relational, data). Problems of reduction, classification, ordination and scaling of life and social data and content - method analogies across the life and social phenomena

6. Concept of dimension and a latent unobserservable variable in life and social sciences. Philosophical and empirical context of latent variable modeling. Measurement models with latent variables in natural and social sciences. Causality in non-experimental design and causal models with latent variables in multigroup comparisons.

7. Qualitative nature of scientific research in the context of cultural reproduction and social change. Importance of perspectives and methods triangulation in scientific (qualitative) research. Ethical issues linked to research projects and setting research projects in an ethical framework.


After the course the student should posses the ability to:

1. Search for inter- and multidisciplinary research problems

1. Combine approaches and research methods from different fields of knowledge and scientific disciplines

2 Find applications of research methods and data analysis tools from one field of science into another one

3. Join knowledge and proper use the analogies and metaphors in interdisciplinary studies

4. Work in cross-disciplinary research teams, use of research language and conceptual networks rooted in various research traditions and types of sciences

5. Communicate the research problems, assumptions, analytical concepts and outcomes in interdisciplinary context

6. Enhance the social and group learning and the knowledge diffusion from different fields of science

7. Use of analytical methods and tools from social and natural sciences


After the course the student should posses the social competencies in:

1. Developing of social skills in building and participating in the interdisciplinary research teams,

2. Improving the group communication, sharing knowledge and capabilities, mixing various contents and research methods in integrated research team.

3. Overcoming communicational barriers, misunderstandings and conflicts concerning different research traditions, scientific languages, or uneven levels of statistical and numerical proficiencies

4. Mutual interpersonal inspiration with research problems coming from own scientific fields and areas

5. Sharing content and methods' experiences from various context (social and natural) in projecting of observational, experimental and quasiexperimental research designs.

6. Learning the unified view of hierarchical nature of phenomena in various natural, life and social systems.

7. Developing the ethical framework in research project and holistic view of scientific problem in interdisciplinary studies.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria: (in Polish)

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