Course code EDS115

EDS115 Introduction to Research Methods

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Course responsible: Elisabeth Molteberg
Teachers: Mary Gorret Nantongo, Esben Leifsen, Lars Kåre Grimsby, Ian Bryceson
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2006-2007
Preferential right:
Students of B-IEDS.
Course contents:
Course topics will include introduction to different research strategies and approaches, the stages of the research process from topic identification to reporting, the use of various methods for qualitative and quantitative sampling, data collection and analysis, interdisciplinarity, research ethics, using secondary sources, and reference management. Topics addressed concerning statistics include understanding basic statistics, statistical inquiry, collecting and managing data, sampling, descriptive statistics, and bivariate analyses. The course is built around practical assignments on sampling, data collection, analysis, and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data.
Learning outcome:
This course provides a broad presentation of qualitative and quantitative research strategies and methods relevant to the bachelor program. It deals with the philosophical underpinnings of the strategies, and discusses similarities and differences between them. Students learn about quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection and analysis, including how to identify appropriate statistical procedures to understand and perform basic analysis of quantitative data. Research ethics and interdisciplinarity will also be dealt with, and critical reading and interpretation of data and research results will be in focus. This is an introductory course and does not require a strong background in mathematics, statistics, or research methods.
Learning activities:
Lectures, group work and individual assignments.
Teaching support:
Information and communication in Fronter.
A list of recommended reading, including articles, text books or text book chapters, will be available at the beginning of the semester.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Mandatory hand-ins/presentations. Attendance is required for 2/3 of classes.
Exam is given and submitted in ENGLISH ONLY. The course grade is based on individual assignments (50% of grade) and final written exam (50%). Approval of all mandatory group and individual assignments is a prerequisite to receiving a course grade.
Nominal workload:
The total work load for the students will be 300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
48 hours of lectures including student assignment work - two double lectures per week spread over 12 weeks. In addition, a double datalab per week most weeks.
External examiner will be involved in grading all written exams.
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått