Course code EDS115

EDS115 Introduction to Research Methods

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Course responsible: Elisabeth Molteberg
Teachers: Lars Kåre Grimsby, Ian Bryceson, Esben Leifsen, Mary Gorret Nantongo
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
50 students
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:
This course provides a broad and basic 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. 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. This is an introductory course, which does not require a strong background in mathematics, statistics, or research methods.
Learning outcome:

Students acquire basic knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research by carrying out exercises in research design, sampling, data collection and analysis, including basic analysis of quantitative data, as well as presentation of results. They familiarize themselves with basic research theory, where critical reading and interpretation of data and research results will be in focus. They will discuss topics like standards of good research practice, research ethics, the role of research in society, and interdisciplinarity in light of their own experiences with course exercises, and with referene to development and environment studies.

The practical orientation of the course, and its emphasis on group exercises and discussions, aims to encorage and enable students to apply the understanding they get of what knowledge is and how it is generated to their studies and academic practice in general. They are encouraged to reflect on their handling of both academic and general information, and how they engage with it.

Learning activities:
Lectures, group 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)
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