Course code MAST300

MAST300 Planning the Master Thesis

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Course responsible: Timothy Kevin Richardson
Teachers: Gjest Guest
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
Autumn term
Course frequency: Annually, autumn term
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The aim of the course is to prepare a plan for implementation of the thesis (the "MA plan"). Work on the MA plan continues throughout the semester. Initially the MA plan describes the topic and background to the research, as well as a few words about research design, key sources and methods. During the course, candidates will gain greater insight into what it means to plan and conduct a research study, as well as how to write a master's thesis. The final output from the course is the MA plan. The aim is that the plan lays a good foundation for the study and the writing that will follow, so that the candidate enters the study semester well prepared.

The course will provide a broad overview of what is involved in planning and carrying out a research study, and in thesis writing.

Learning outcome:
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Learning activities:
Lectures, group discussions, student evaluations, subject criticism, self-study, exercises in research design and academic writing, critical reading of previous theses with an evaluation of how the work is carried out from theoretical, methodological, ethical and technical requirements.
Teaching support:
Academic guidance

Relevant literature:

Tuseth, B.S. & Winge, N.K. (2014) Masteroppgaven i juss: Kort forklart. Universitetsforlaget.

Everett, E.L. & Furuseth, I. (2012) Masteroppgaven: hvordan begynne og fullføre. Universitetsforlaget.

Muratovksi, G. (2016) Research for designers: a guide to methods and practice. London: Sage.

Farthing, S. (2016) Research design in urban planning: a student¿s guide. London: Sage.

Admitted for MA level studies
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Four exercises
Written assignment Pass / Fail
Nominal workload:
Lectures, group exercises, seminars ca 40h. Individual study (including supervision): ca 110 h.
Entrance requirements:
Qualified for MA-level studies
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Seminars and individual work. 
An external examiner will evaluate submitted work.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått