MAE4221 – Research Seminar I: Researcher's Skills

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

The purpose of the course is to (a) train basic research skills with a focus on scientific information literacy, and (b) prepare you for starting your master thesis research project.

The course covers the following key topics

  1. Scientific reasoning and ethics
  2. Mapping a research domain through research syntheses
  3. Writing a thesis proposal

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, you


  • are aware of classical and critical perspectives on science and measurement


  • systematically and critically evaluate and review a body of scientific studies


  • begin independent research in view of existing knowledge, relevant analytic frameworks, and research methods


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is only open to students who are admitted to the master's programme in Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation.


Instruction is provided through many small workshop seminars of varying length and format, often including discussion, presentations, practical exercises, and assignments.

Active participation and implementation of the activities specified under each seminar component is required. If you do not fulfill the requirements, you must complete an additional assignment before handing in the thesis proposal.



The end examination takes the form of a paper which contains your thesis proposal (max. 10 pages).

Previous exams

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


In accordance with the UiO quality assurance system, the course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals students participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic evaluation of MAE4221 spring 2021

Facts about this course

Every spring
Every spring
Teaching language