TIK4040 - Research and Design Seminar
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The aim of the course is to guide students through the process of writing a master thesis.This demands ability to link research question, research strategy, theory and methodology. The lectures and seminars in this course will help the students define a research question and write a thesis outline. Students will use the knowledge gained from theory and method courses.
The course has a two-part structure:
- A few lectures on writing a thesis + Methods.
- Group supervision seminars.
Individual supervisors will be appointed for all students, but students must apply. The web based Application form will be posted on this course page.
- Writing a thesis outline
- References and research ethics
- define a research problem or research question
- build a scientific argument
- present and discuss own work
- read and comment upon other students' work
- independent work, critical/analytical thinking
- use scientific methods to analyse social dimensions of knowledge and technology
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The course is applicable for students from the ESST - Society, Science and Technology in Europe (master - halvannet år) and Teknologi, innovasjon og kunnskap (master - to år).
Formal prerequisite knowledge
A Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or equal.
At the beginning of the course, 2-3 lectures are held. These lectures focus on what is expected of a master thesis, how to write a thesis outline, and how to define a Research questions. There will also be short presentations of some of TIKs ongoing research projects.
The rest of the course consists of group supervision seminars. Students are expected to hand in drafts of their thesis outlines before each seminar, and participate in group discussions of outlines.
Absence from compulsory tuition activities
If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.
At the end of the course all students will submit a full thesis outline, and an attached individual reading list. The outline (including reading list) should be 8-10 pages long. The outline will be graded on a pass/fail scale. Submit the exam in Fronter.
Language of examination
English or Norwegian. ESST students must write their outlines in english.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Students in this course automatically receive an explanation alongside their grade.
Resit an examination
If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.
See also our information about resitting an exam.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.