Subject: Research methods
Courses: Introduction to Research Methods
Course holder: Miroslav Tuđman, full professor
izvođač: dr. sc. Đilda Pečarić

ECTS credits: 6
Language: Croatian
Duration: one semester
Status: elective
Method of teaching: 1 lecture hour and 2 hour of seminar every week
Assessment: seminar report as result of the research on specific topic  
Prerequisites: none

Course description:
The course will give the introduction to the research methodology and its application to the field of information science. The course has its theoretical and practical aspect and aims to introduce students to the actual examples of the research projects in the Department of Information Science on the Faculty of Philosophy, to introduce them to methodologies used and topics being investigated.
The topics covered at course are: basic concepts of research; introduction to research methods; review of quantitative and qualitative methods; subject and goals of research; research ethics; research planning; quantitative research methods; qualitative research methods; quasi-qualitative approach; research planning and representation of research findings (written assignment)

Course objective:
• To understand the methods and importance of the original research
• To understand the qualitative and quantitative methodologies
• To capture the differences and scope of the specific methods in order to be able to apply them correctly in the particular research
• To enable students to design the research drafts, define the research problem, research topics and issues and to describe the adequate methods

Reading list:
1. Marušić, M., Petrovečki M., Petrak J., Marušić, A.: Uvod u znanstveni rad u medicini, Medicinska naklada, Zagreb, 2000.
2. Kuhn, T. Struktura znanstvenih revolucija. Zagreb: Naklada
Jesenski Turk, 2002.
3. Charles H. Busha, Stephen P. Harter. Research Methods in Librarianship: Techniques and Interpretation. New York: Academic Press, 1980.
4. Milko Mejovšek. Uvod u metode znanstvenog istraživanja u društvenim i humanističkim znanostima. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap, 2003.
5. Goran Milas. Istraživačke metode u psihologiji i drugim društvenim znanostima. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap, 2005.
6. Vlatko Silobrčić. Kako sastaviti, objaviti i ocijeniti znanstveni rad. Zagreb: Medicinska naklada, 2003. (peto izdanje).
7. Miroslav Vujević. Uvođenje u znanstveni rad u području društvenih znanosti. Zagreb: Školska knjiga, 2006. (7. dopunjeno izdanje).

Additional reading list:
1. How to Read an Engineering Research Paper original text by Bill Grisworld; modified by G. Murphy. http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~murphy/cpsc507/winter02/documents/reading-eval.htm
2. On Creating Animated Presentations (12 stranica, PDF) Douglas E. Zongker and David H. Salesin. 2003 Symposium on Computer Animation. http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~van/ cpsc590/papers/Zongker.pdf
3. Graphcut Textures: Image and Video Synthesis Using Graph Cuts Vivek Kwatra, Arno Schodl, Irfan Essa, Greg Turk, Aaron Bobick http://www.cc.gatech.edu/cpl/projects/ graphcuttextures/
4. Planning a Scientific Presentation (8 stranica) by Jason Harrison; includes "How to give a bad talk" by David Patterson
5. You and Your Research (16 stranica) Richard Hamming, 1986., http://zapata.seas.smu. edu/~gorsak/hamming.html  
6. The Task of the Referee (7 stranica) Alan J. Smith, 1990, IEEE, http://www. computer.org/tpami/freecontent/taskoftheferee.pdf  
7. Ke Wang, Liu Tang, Jiawei Han, Junqiang Liu: Top Down FP-Growth for Association Rule Mining. PAKDD 2002: 334-340
8. Eamonn Keogh, K. Chakrabarti, S. Mehrotra and M. Pazzani. Locally adaptive dimensionality reduction for indexing large time series databases. ACM SIGMOD 2001: 151-162