Class Scientific Research Methodologies

  • Presentation


    This intensive methods course includes two essential elements for the education of Master students in tourism as a social science: quantitative and qualitative research methods. It allows students an in-depth contact with the scientific method and data analysis using statistical tools and also qualitative analysis. Students will also learn about ethics in research, will be taught how to think critically and have sessions on how to craft their academic writing. Preparing students for the academic world of publications, students will be guided in the writing of an academic article, using fresh empirical data which students will analyse themselves. Bibliography software will be introduced to help students keep track of their references and innovative research methods will be introduced.

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  • Syllabus


    2. Sources of information and critical thinking
    3. Analysis of quantitative variables: location measures, central tendency, dispersion and asymmetry and graphs
    4. Measures of association and correlation
    5. Research methods in tourism: introduction to qualitative methods
    6. Crafting your writing 1 & 2
    7. Specific research methods: life stories; action-research(IdeaLabs); ePortfolios; design-thinking research methods, case studies; ethnography and participant observation
    8. Design of research projects
    9. Different ways of knowing and ethics

  • Objectives


    Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

    • LO1. To understand what research can be used for and what methods are available depending on the particular research question.
    • LO2. Develop empirical research skills based on both qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques.
    • LO3.  To create a questionnaire and interpret the results using SPSS.
    • LO4. Know the main concepts of descriptive statistics and how to analyze a statistical variable; To know how to analyze the relations and associations between variables;
    • LO5. To conduct simple interviews and make a thematic analysis of the interview data
    • LO6. Understand the various types of knowledge that exist and the importance of ethics in research
    • LO7. To gain skills and training in writing an academic article.
  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Digital pedagogy tools like Padlet and Menti and Escape rooms will be used and project-bsed learning methods will be applied to evaluated activities. Student reflection and discussion will be stimulated using various techniques such as team-based learning.

  • References


    Anderson, David Ray; Sweeney, Dennis J. e Williams, Thomas A. (2007). Estatística aplicada à administração e economia,2ªed. London: Thomson Learning

    Bhattacherjee, A., (2012). Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices. Textbooks Collection. 3.

    Denscombe, M. (2007). The Good Research Guide. Open University Press: Berks., UK.

    Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (Eds.). (2011). The Sage handbook of qualitative research. sage.

    Fortin, M-F (2006), Fundamentos e Etapas do Processo de Investigação, Lisboa: Lusodidacta

    Reis, Elizabeth (2008). Estatística Descritiva, 7ª ed, Lisboa: Edições Sílabo.


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