Course code MINA310

MINA310 Project Management and Research Methods

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Course responsible: Lindis Skipperud
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5, Maximum 20.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, final delivery in January block. There will also be one week intensive teaching in the Autumn Parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Preferential right:
M-RAD, M-Mina, M-Biol.
Course contents:
Research methods: Statistics and data handling, database and literature resources, efficient scientific writing Project management: Design (stats), implementation and management of projects. Introduction to generic management/statistical tools.
Learning outcome:
The students will be competent in designing research projects (Master projects), analysing and evaluating data using appropriate statistical techniques, extract literature, and critical evaluated available data for their own use. They will be trained in making oral and written presentations.
Learning activities:
Lectures, Database search, datahandling, project design.
Teaching support:
Lectures and other information needed will be available at Fronter
Organinsation and management of research- codes of conduct- ethical issues- policy versus academic research- corporate policies, contact management. Report presentation, style, format and technical writing- verbal presentation including material organisation and delivery, development of visual aids- handling questions and post-presentation auditing. Executive meetings, protocols and communication skills. Experimental design, analysis and interpretation- project planning and pilot study. Analysis of environmental data using different techniques. Interactive computing skills: advanced word processing, analytical packages, spreadsheets, literature search and the Internet as a learning resource. Learning material: Module handbook and different research articles, handbooks and handouts.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Coursework 100%. Eight pieces of coursework to assess students ability to enterpret data and apply statistical techniques. One project proposal with presentation to demonstrate students ability to design and plan a MSc project. Analysis of given cases, workshops/tutorials.

Coursework 100%

The final written research proposal, describing the future MSc project work, will be evaluated and given the grade passed or not passed. To pass the course, a grade corresponding to C is needed. The project description needs to be written in English

Nominal workload:
Lectures and and supporting computer laboratories to impart knowledge and applied workshops to familiarise with various statistical techniques: 40 hours. Other study hours: 140 hours. Total hours per semester: 180 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
5 credits versus ECOL300
Type of course:
Lectures and supporting computer laboratories to impart knowledge and applied workshops to familiarise with various statistical techniques: 40t (intensive week). Other study hours: 140 hours. Total study hours per semester: 180 hours. Other study hours: interpret data, literature search, design and plan a MSc project, make a presentation.

The course will be held in close collaboration with Dr. Huw Jones from Middlesex University, UK. Due to their coming, there is a need of one intensive week of teaching in the parallell.

An external examiner as described in NMBUs rules will evaluate the project description.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått