Course code APL405

APL405 Framing the PhD

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2014 - 2015 .

Course responsible: Erling Berge
Teachers: Inger-Lise Saglie
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, Autumn parallel, January block, Spring parallel, June block.
Course frequency: Offered on demand
First time: Study year 2010-2011
Last time: 2015H
Preferential right:
PhD students enrolled at ILP
Course contents:
Assignments and exercises with subsequent seminars where the students take an active part in giving each other feedback. This is complemented by key lectures. Specific focus is given to the use of literature and an understanding of the relationship between research questions, theory and method in the students own thesis topic. The need of the individual students is in focus and hence the course maintains some flexibility to adjust the content and time spent on each theme in dialogue with the participating students. The following themes are addressed in the course: Personal strengths and challenges including expectations and models for supervision. Information retrieval and reference management. How to read scientific papers. Different uses of a literature review. Theory in relation to method. Research topic in relation to research questions. Writing as a thinking tool.  Communicating your thesis topic. 
Learning outcome:
The two main objectives of the course is to become conscious of the scientific and personal challenges involved in doing a PhD and to facilitate and boost the work with the education plan and the design of the thesis project through constructive guidance and thinking tools to understand, structure and demarcate the thesis topic in the crucial initial stages of the PhD. The students will get training in communicating their own project and give feedback to others. Students will also get a basic orientation in theories and methods relvant to the research fields within the department. 
Learning activities:
Lectures, seminars, exercises, self study
Teaching support:
Teacherled seminars. Supervision and feeback from teachers and fellow students.

Groat, Linda and Wang, David (2002), Architectural Research Methods Wiley Sons Inc.


Moses, Jonathon W., and Torbjørn L. Knutsen. 2007. Ways of knowing: competing methodologies in social and political research. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Suplementary literature chosen in dialogue with the students. Selected scientific journal papers.  Education material on information searching and reference management tools

Accepted as PhD student
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Attendance at minimum 70 % of the lectures and seminars

Evaluation of the class work is based on a paper written as a draft of the PhD research project demonstrating 

command of technical requirements of scientific writong (including correct use of references), 

discussing possible ethical problems one may encounter in the proposed research, 

knowledge of the methods one needs to employ to answer research questions

Nominal workload:
10 h lectures, 30 h seminars and classwork, 110 h of selfstudy
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures 10 hours, Seminars 30 hours
Course is offered on demand
Evaluation of class paper
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått