ECTS credits: 6
Lectures: 2
Exercises: 1

Course objective:

Acquiring knowledge and skills of methodology of research work, for independent research and team work. Train the students to define and write the final diploma paper.

Course contents:

Notion, goal and type of research. Fundamental, applied and development research. Systemic approach to research. Probelm of research. Planning the research. Research process. Teamwork, independent work and mentorship. Organization of research. Identification of the current state, collecting data, processing and analysis of data, synthesis, verification of hypotheses and designing the solution. Presenting the research results. Structure, writing, technical processing: writing of report on testing, and writing of a technical paper, study, article. Assessment of professional and scientific work. Types and categories of papers. Original scientific paper. Preliminary communication. Review paper. Project (study). Professional paper. Presentation. Elaorate. Review. Organization and planning of research. Institutes and other research institutions. Writing documents on research and development: tactical study (TS), feasibility study (FS) and realization programme (RP). Seminar paper (individual or in team). Identification of the problem of research. Modelling research of a technical paper. Systemic approach and creative design. Seminar paper (mastering the technique). Structure of research work. Analysis and synthesis, design of solution. Mastering the technique of writing technical papers. Consultation about writing the seminar paper (individually). Presentation and defense of seminar papers (individually or in a team).

Competences:

General: ability to perform simple and independent research work. Specific: application of research methodology in a logistics system.

Learning outcomes:

After having passed the exam, the student will be able to: 1. identify logistic systems and processes with the aim of defining the research problems. 2. apply methods for research (analysis, synthesis, statistical methods, survey, etc.) 3. identify variables (variable values) in research process 4. formulate goals and objects of research 5. set research hypotheses or research questions 6. classify extant and research data 7. present research results The aforementioned learning outcomes contribute to the learning outcomes of the study programme: - Explain the properties and functions of a logistics system. - Analyse relevant management indicators in the logistics system. - Use professional literature and available databases to broaden their knowledge.