Course code MAST300

MAST300 Planning the Master Thesis

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Course responsible: Mina Di Marino
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
Last time: 2019H
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The aim of the course is to prepare a plan for implementation of the thesis (the "MA plan") in urban and regional planning and landscape architecture. Work on the MA plan continues throughout the semester. 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:
Throughout the course, the candidates will gain insight into what it means to plan and complete a master's thesis. The course will give the students a broad overview of what it means to conduct independent research at the master's level. Through seminars and colloquia, students will gain training in developing professional self-interest and interest in developing researchable issues and developing new knowledge. Students will gain knowledge about: How to design a good project? What is meant by method in a master's thesis, as well as different methodological approaches? How to write good scientific text? How to find, analyze and apply relevant sources, such as literature, management practices, etc.? What ethical requirements are being made for research? How to overcome potential obstacles, such as writing barriers, challenges with interviews and the like? How to work with the master thesis in collocative groups? How to get the most benefit from the guide?
Learning activities:
Seminars with teaching staff, invited speakers and SVs, short lectures, group discussions, subject criticism, self-study, exercises in research design and academic writing, critical reading of scientif articles wich discuss similar topics to the master thesis, 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.

Eco U. (1977) How to write a thesis. MIT Press.

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.

Yin R., (2016). Qualitative research from start to finish, Guildford press, London. (See especially chapter 3, part D: Reviewing the research literature; and Chapter 7, part C: Interviewing).

Admitted for MA level studies
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Attendance is obbligatory (min. 80% of attendance of lectures, seminars and group discussion within the class).Three 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: Passed / Failed