Course code ILP405

ILP405 Rammer for PhD-studiet

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Emneansvarlige: Eirin Hongslo, Erling Berge, Timothy Kevin Richardson
Medvirkende: Eva Kristina Grange
Studiepoeng: 5
Ansvarlig fakultet: Fakultet for landskap og samfunn
Frekvens: Annually
Undervises på språk: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Begrensning antall plasser:
Undervises i periode:
The course is run in the Autumn block. However, if more appropriate it can be offered in the January or Spring semester
Første gang: Studieår 2010-2011
Fortrinnsrett: PhD students enrolled at ILP or other Faculty of Social Science Departments
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Intended audience: The course is aimed at first semester PhD students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning.

Course description: This is a course in research design, which is the meta-design of a research project. The starting point for this course is the participants' project proposals. The aim of the course is to give the participants a solid background for choosing research design for their project. During the course of the project, the participants will rework and improve the project proposals submitted in the application. We will work with all parts of research design, ranging from research question, through theoretical and methodological approaches. What design is most suitable to answer particular research questions? How do we use theory in a particular research field? What methodologies would be suitable to answer these questions? The course will span over the whole semester (September through November). We will gather for five full days during the semester. The workshops will be used to discuss specific subtopics of the research design, lectures by department faculty on research design, and discussions with experienced PhD students about their research design. One part of the course will concern research ethics, and will be a combination of lectures and discussions of particular ethical considerations and challenges in each individual projects. The output of the course will be a revised project description submitted late November 2016. The submission will be followed up by an oral exam, where examiners discuss the project descriptions and give a grade (pass/fail).

The aim of the course is to develop a thorough understanding of research design. The students should be familiar with different research designs, and the strengths and weaknesses of these designs. The student should have a good idea of what constitutes robust while manageable research designs for different purposes.  
The course will be based on an interactive workshop format, with lectures, full group and small group discussions and exercises. We will also work with partners and self-study.
Teacher-led seminars. Supervision and feedback from teachers and fellow students.

The course reading will be selected to cover different research designs that will be useful for the PhD students that attend the course. It will cover research strategies that fit well with different theory of science approaches, as well as different kinds of methodology.

The reading list will be presented when all the PhDs are employed and we have their project descriptions.

Forutsatte forkunnskaper:
Enrolled as PhD student
Anbefalte forkunnskaper:

Participants must submit the current version of their project proposal (in English) at least two weeks before the course starts. The project proposal should include an abstract.

Preparatory reading: Participants should read all abstracts submitted to the course. They could also have made themselves familiar with the content of the reading list.

Participants will also be allocated project descriptions to analyze and give feedback to fellow participants, as critical friends.

Obligatorisk aktivitet:
70% attendance, including participation in individual and group exercises, giving feedback to others.

The assessment is based on:

1. Active participation in the course sessions

2. A project proposal submitted after the end of the course

3. A reflective report of up to 1000 words on how the candidate has improved their research design during the course

Submission dates for parts 2 and 3: 16th December 2016.

Normert arbeidsmengde:
Five full days of lectures, seminars, discussions (40 hrs) and 110 hrs of preparation, reading and independent work.
Participants must be part of a PhD programme

Five full days of lectures, seminars, discussions (40 hrs)

Indicative program for workshop days

Day 1: We get to know each other. Participants´ bakgrounds, projects, and goals for the PhD will be shared and discussed. Short presentations by students, exercises and inspiration.

Day 2 (Half day): Research questions. How do we develop a research design that will allow us to answer our research questions?

Day 3: Research designs by ILP faculty. ILP researchers come and talk about the design of a project/parts of a project that they are currently working on. There will be room for discussions in plenary.

Day 4 and 5 (two half days): Presentations by students. All students present their own research designs. We assign discussants, and discuss them in depth.

Day 6 (half a day): Ask a PhD student. Five experienced PhD students present the main challenges in their research design, and how they have solved them. Plenary discussions.

Day 7 and 8: Research ethics. Day 7 (half a day): Three specialists on research ethics give talks followed by an open discussion in the group. Day 8 (half day): The group discusses ethical challenges particular to their research questions. Exercises in smaller groups as well as plenary discussion.

Longitudinal work: During the semester, the participants are expected to work on their research designs and project proposals.

Eksamensdetaljer: Langsgående vurdering: Bestått / Ikke bestått