Research work of the Department of Social Communications is aimed at preparing applicants for EP “Journalism” for independent professional and scientific activities, solving practical communication problems that arise in the editorial offices. The main research is carried out in the context of the research topic “Responsible executor of the scientific topic” Research of the role of modern liberal information culture in the system of social communications “(№ state registration 0118U001563) supervisor: Doctor of Sciences, Professor of the Department Mitchuk O.A.
Research forms and teaching methods are used in the teaching of most disciplines. The disciplines of the curriculum “Media Research: Concepts and Methods”, “Methods of Empirical Communication Research” and “Research Methodology and Academic Integrity” help students to discover the issues of methodology, organisation and conduct of research in order to prepare for independent research.
The theoretical, research part is a mandatory component of master’s qualification works, the topics of which are formed taking into account the interests of students and aimed at researching current issues of the modern media industry. In the process of preparation of qualifying works, applicants acquire skills of processing scientific literature, generalisation of empirical material, formulation of conclusions and proposals, correct citation and academic integrity. An additional means of implementing the research component in the educational process is the activity created within the faculty of the student scientific society “Intellect”, within which the scientific work of students, participation in scientific and practical Ukrainian and international conferences, individual or co-authored with the supervisor of abstracts and articles in scientific publications of the university, Ukraine and abroad.
The results of scientific research of lecturers of the department are used in the educational process of academic disciplines.
Software and hardware for checking academic texts for borrowings is an aid to detecting the facts of academic plagiarism. Procedures for their application are regulated by the Regulations on ensuring the observance of academic integrity by research and lecturers staff and students at the university.
Verification of qualification, educational-methodical and scientific works for the presence of coincidences, identity, and similarity is carried out using the software and hardware complex Unichek (https://unicheck.com/uk-ua). An agreement has been signed with Unichek Ukraine to provide academic text verification services.
When making the final expert decision, the specifics of the work are taken into account, which is checked for the presence of academic plagiarism (field of knowledge, specialty), type of work (article, qualification work, monograph, textbook, dissertation, etc.) and its uniqueness.
The University promotes academic integrity among applicants for higher education, primarily through the systematic and consistent implementation of this policy in the internal academic culture of the educational process, as well as the appropriate direction of the social component of general and professional competencies of the educational program.
Applicants for higher education are introduced to the principles of academic integrity in lectures and practical classes. Some aspects of academic integrity are considered at meetings of the student scientific society “Intellect”, where participants are informed about the rules of citation, acquainted with the guidelines for writing scientific articles, qualifying papers.
Research activities of higher education students in the specialty 061 “Journalism” and lecturers staff of the Department of Social Communications is aimed to give students professional experience, research experience, implementation of their results and research in the practical activities of the media industry.