MAE4230 – Research Seminar I: Researcher's Skills

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Course content

The purpose of the course is to train basic researcher’s skills and prepare you for conducting your master thesis research project.

The course covers the following key topics

  1. Systematic Literature review and Meta-Analysis
  2. Bibliometric tools and referencing
  3. Quotations, paraphrasing, plagiarism
  4. Logic & Argumentation theory
  5. Writing a thesis proposal

Learning outcome


  • understand the key components of a logically consistent and convincing argumentation


  • use bibliometric tools to conduct systematic literature reviews and reference and cite relevant work appropriately


  • evaluate and review existing reports systematically
  • start up independent research in view of existing knowledge and relevant analytical frameworks and research methods


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Instruction is provided through many small workshop seminars across the year. Workshops are of varying length and format, often including practical exercises and assignments.

Obligatory course components:

  • 80% attendance requirement for the workshops
  • completion of 5 workshop assignments


The end examination takes the form of a 8-page paper in which you write out your thesis proposal. For a template and details, see the course semester page.

You need to have successfully completed the obligatory course components before being allowed to sit the exam. If you do not fulfill these requirements, you must submit a written request to apply for an additional assignment prior to sitting the exam. The application must document stated reasons for absence beyond your control.

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

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.


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

Periodic evaluation MAE4230 2018-2019

Facts about this course






Covers two semesters, starting every autumn


Every spring

Exam given for the last time spring 2020.

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