702 Basis of Research Methods in Administration

702 Basis of Research Methods in Administration

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 3thd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 15
  • Individual work: 165
  • Lecturer: Srečko Devjak, PhD


1. Objectives and competences


  • studies literature, builds research framework and defines problem,
  • asks research questions and prepares research plan,
  • forms hypothesis, chooses and uses suitable hypothesis testing technique,
  • chooses suitable research methods and use them adequately in the research,
  • reports research results in the form of scientific article
  • makes critical reflexion to survey results and relates them to the practical situation in public sector.

Student is qualified:

  • to deal with problem environment and problem issues and to design the process of problem resolution,
  • to examine numerical data to grasp issues, draw conclusions, and solve problems,
  • to notice when data appear wrong or incomplete, or need verification,
  • to distinguish information that is not pertinent to a decision or solution,
  • to compare research results to what is expected to find inconsistencies,
  • to connect and implement skills on all fields in applications – economy of public sector, organisations and on the administrative field.

2. Content

  • General matters on the evaluation of events in administration
  • Review of research approaches
  • Review of basic research methods
  • The analysis of research topic,
  • The elaboration of research proposal
  • Justification of the research, integration into the previous research environment and justification of values for stakeholders
  • Research planning
  • Research execution
  • Commenting and interpreting the results of the research
  • Statistical data base and research work
  • Structure  of scientific contributions
  • Structure of diploma

3. Readings

  • GHAURI, Pervez,, GRONHAUG, Kjell (2005). Research Methods in Business Studies – A Practical Guide, 3. izdaja. Prentice Hall, London..
  • BOOTH, Vernon (2006). Communicating in Science: Writing a Scientific Paper and Speaking at Scientific Meetings, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge..
  • FLICK, Uwe(1998). An Introduction to Qualitative Research. SAGE, London.
  • BICKMAN, Leonard, ROG, Debra (2009). The SAGE handbook of applied social research methods. 2. izdaja. SAGE, Los Angeles.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student will:

  • understand problem approach to empirical researching,

be able

  • to ask research question formation and to state theses and hypotheses
  • to do research planning and proposal of disposition of the research,
  • to choose and use some useful empirical research methods,
  • to report research results in the form scientific article,
  • understand the process of team work at the complex research and be able to make adequate contribution to the result of a project. 

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lecture
  • seminar
  • e-learning

6. Assessment

  • written and/or oral exam (40%)
  • seminar work (project work,  seminar workpaper) and/or oral exam (60%)