Research Techniques Syllabus                              


Teaching UnitMethodological

Coefficient: 1

Credit: 2

Level: Second Year


Weekly time:


Number of teaching Hours:22h30
This course provides ample information as to research methodology, particularly the importance of the literature review, and the procedures for its writing, as well as the rules for good paraphrasing and information search

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

·         identify the momentum of a literature review

·         conduct a search of information through print and web sources

·         structure their literature review in accordance with the research problem and hypotheses

·         develop the skill of paraphrasing

·         evaluate scholars’ views




How to paraphrase effectively.  Available at:

A guide to APA referencing and citation style, sixth edition. Available at:

Bazeley, P. (2013). Qualitative data analysis: Practical strategies. New York, NY: SAGE.

Best, J. W., & Kahn, J. V. (1986). Research in education (5thed). New Delhi: Prentice-Hall of India Pvt, Ltd. Available at:

Chicago Referencing Style. Available at:

Kothari, C. R. (2004). Research methodology: Methods and techniques (2nded). New Age International Ltd, Publishers.

MLA 8th edition. Douglas College Library. Available at:

Mongan-Rallis, Helen.  Guidelines for writing a literature review. Available at:

Paraphrase: Write it in your own words. Available at:

Randolph, Justus. J. (2009). A Guide to writing the dissertation literature review. Practical assessment, research and evaluation, Vol. 14, (13).  Available at:


Course Content
First Semester
The research methodology course for second year students comprises four themes stated below:

1.Literature Review


·         What is a literature review?

·         The functions of a literature review

·         Structure of a literature review



2.Procedures of the Literature Review


·         Type of sources for the literature review

·         Locating relevant information

·         Summarising authors’ views

·         Evaluation of the information

·         Quoting

·         In-text citation

·         Inappropriate literature reviews


3.Conceptual Framework


·         What is a conceptual framework

·         How to write a conceptual framework


End of Semester I
Second Semester



·         What is paraphrasing

·         Rules for acceptable paraphrasing

·         Inacceptable paraphrasing

·         Difference between paraphrasing and summarizing

5.  Ethics in research

·         Basic ethical principles

·         Regulation of research

·         Counteracting plagiarism

6.Reference Style


·         MLA reference style

·         APA reference  style

·         Chicago reference style



End of Semester II
Assessment and Evaluation
Continuous Assessment

ü  Two in-class assignments graded each upon 7 pts, and a grade for discipline (6 pts)

ü  Assignments should take into consideration the  practical aspect, not the theoretical side

ü  Instruction and evaluation ought to target a vivid-like context