Course code VET320

VET320 Planning Research and Writing a Thesis

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Showing course contents for the educational year starting in 2016 .

Course responsible: Rolf Bjerke Larssen
ECTS credits: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Look at the semester plan
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: 2014H
Last time: 2016H
Course contents:
  • Scientific writing: principles and practical assignments.
  • Scientific method: planning and design of research projects.
  • Critical reading of scientific publications
  • Questionnaires: planning and execution.
  • Scientific literature: searching in databases and the use of reference tools.
  • Data management: establishment and use of own database.
  • Statistics: overview of relevant figures, tables and analysis methods.
Learning outcome:

The course will provide students with practical and scientific methodological basis for a good start and implementation of a thesis at NMBU Veterinary school. 

The block forms the basis so that the student after completing the course will master the following «Day one skills» by EAEVE: 1.8, 1.10, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3,

After completing the course the student should:

  • Have the necessary methodological expertise to conduct a thesis at NMBU Veterinary school.
  • Be able to make a good plan for the work with a thesis based on the standard protocol for NMBU Veterinary school.
  • Be able to make appropriate cover letter and registration form for the completion of a questionnaire relating to own, in-depth study as well as relevant database in accordance with the standard template.
  • Be able to explain the main types of research design and relevant statistical methods, and know which designs and analysis methods that is appropriate in a thesis.
  • Know the principles of scientific writing, have established a Word file for writing the thesis based on the default template, and use RefWorks to store references and create reference lists.
Learning activities:
Use of PC.
Recommended literature and detailed description of the course are found at the block's home area on Fronter.
Recommended prerequisites:
Students must have clarified the specific purpose of the task before the course starts.
Mandatory activity:
There is no requirement for attendance.

The course is passed when the following requirements are met

  • Passing the multiple choice test on the last day of the course.
  • Submission of revised protocol after the presentation and joint discussion with the supervisor and the course coordinator.

If the student fails the multiple choice test, a new test is carried out and must be passed within three weeks or in connection with the course the following semester.


Requirements for personal equipment

  • Personal laptop.
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