TIK4040 - Research and Design Seminar
The aim of the course is to provide the students with methodological knowledge necessary to write a high quality master thesis on time. This demands ability to link research question, research strategy, theory and methodology. The lectures and seminars in this course should enable the student to define a research question, start reviewing relevant literature, gathering empirical material and to turn this material and literature into a thesis.
The course is structured in three parts: 1) research methods and strategies; 2) practical application of research methods; and 3) small group supervision of individual thesis projects. In addition, the students will get support to find supervisors and research projects.
• design a research project
• overview of various types of research projects
• define a research problem or research question
• find theory/approach relevant for the research problem
• choose type of data relevant for the research
• build a scientific argument
• present and discuss
• 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 passed the course TIK4001 - Teknologi, innovasjon og kunnskap or ESST-master students.
The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
A Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or equal.
6 seminars with individual presentations and feedback.
The seminar will be divided in two;
- one seminar for ESST-students starting in the middle of February.
- one seminar for TIK-students starting just before or right after Easter.
1.Outline for master thesis with list of reference literature must be submitted and approved (minimum 8 pages)
2.Paper on key literature and debates relevant for thesis (minimum 8 pages) (TIK-students only)
Language of examination
English or Norwegian.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.