MAE4231 – Research Seminar II: Researcher’s Skills and Professional Communication

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Course content

This course is a continuation of Research Seminar I, training further researcher’s skills as well as professional communication with peers and educational stakeholders.

The course covers the following key topics

  1. Scientific Writing
  2. GDPR, including an obligatory web module and quiz
  3. Communication to a general audience

Learning outcome


  • recognize key components of a solid scientific paper, and presentation and writing style
  • understand the importance of the ethical component of research and research communication


  • ask targeted questions to help translate substantive research questions into feasibly answerable statistical hypotheses


  • communicate and discuss both research design as well as findings in an accurate, nuanced, but clear fashion to a given target audience and in light of limitations and context


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge


Instruction is provided through many small workshop seminars across the year. Workshops are of varying length and format, often including practical exercises and assignments. As part of the communication component, a student research symposium is planned that is open to the public.

Obligatory course components:

  • 80% attendance requirement for the workshop seminars
  • drafts of the 3 seminar portfolio pieces


At the end of the course you will be evaluated based on the portfolio you compiled based on the obligatory course components. The portfolio has to contain all three previous assignments with the addressed feedback received from the course instructors:

1. The  revised NSD application

2. The revised introduction of your thesis

3. The revised poster and symposium presentation.

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.

You need to have at least 80% attendance in the sessions and pass each of the three portfolio components to pass the course.

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 of MAE4231 autumn 2019-spring 2020

Periodic evaluation of MAE4231 autumn 2020-spring 2021

Facts about this course






Covers two semesters, starting every autumn

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