POLS499 Graduation Project

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
POLS499 Graduation Project 2 2 6 TUE 16:00-17:00; THU 14:00-15:00
Prerequisite Senior Standing It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Muhidin Mulalic Office Hours / Room / Phone
E-mail mmulalic@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail amataraci@ius.edu.ba
Course Objectives The objective of the course is to prepare, design and complete an appropriate graduation project. The emphasis of the course is on putting knowledge, theory, critical thinking and creativity to work on social and political issues. The goal of designing a research question, conducting the research using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods and analyzing the data is putting knowledge to practical use and developing strategies to identify, analyze and solve relevant social and political issues.
Textbook "Baglione, L.A. (2015). Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods. CQ Press. 3rd edition. Booth, C.W. (2016). The Craft of Research. University of Chicago Press. 4th edition. "
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply theoretical concepts to interpret, analyze and develop strategies to solve social and political issues;
  2. Demonstrate efficiency, collaborative team-working and/or autonomy in the management of the required project and delivery of outcomes;
  3. Apply critical thinking to new context and demonstrate ability to identify, define and analyze problems and identify and/or solve them;
  4. Communicate project outcomes in an academic and creative manner;
  5. Acquire and apply the necessary skills required for academic research.
Teaching Methods Lectures, class discussions, class exercises, class presentations, public presentation of project.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Course Introduction & Academic Ethics
Week 2 Project Proposal: Scope, Outline, Format and Style
Week 3 Sources of Research. Student Presentation. Booth, C.W. (2016). pp. 65-104.
Week 4 Finding Research Question. Student Presentation. Baglione, L.A. (2015). pp. 15-40.
Week 5 Annoted Bibliography and Literature Review. Student Presentation. Baglione, L.A. (2015). pp. 41-92.
Week 6 Theoretical Framework: From Research Questions to Research Problems. Student Presentation. Booth, C.W. (2016). pp. 33-64.
Week 7 Project Progress Assesment / Midterm
Week 8 Research Methodology: The Hypothesis, Research Instrument and Research Design. Student Presentation. Booth, C.W. (2016). pp. 110-131.
Week 9 Project Proposal: Originality, Statement of the Problem, Scope, Objectives. Baglione, L.A. (2015). pp. 93-120.
Week 10 Warrants. Student Presentation. Booth, C.W. (2016). pp. 155-172.
Week 11 Project Check: Student Presentation.
Week 12 Make Proper Analysis. Student Presentation. Baglione, L.A. (2015). pp. 155-174.
Week 13 Bringing It All Together (and How to Make A Good Presentation). Student Presentation. Baglione, L.A. (2015). pp. 175-190.
Week 14 Project Check: Student Presentations
Week 15 Final Exam: Report and Presentation
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Report 1 25 1,2,3,4,5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Project Supervisor`s Assessment 1 20 1,2,3
Course Coordinator's Assessment 1 20 1,2,3
Project Progress Report 1 20 1,2,3
Final Presentation 1 15 1,2,3,4,5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 2 15 30 Proposal Progress Report 4 5 20
Research and Field Activities 3 5 15 Final Report 5 8 40
Home study 3 15 45
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 21/02/2020
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