Course code PAE305

PAE305 Forskningsmetoder

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Emneansvarlige: Anna Marie Nicolaysen
Medvirkende: Geir Hofgaard Lieblein, Tor Arvid Breland
Studiepoeng: 5
Ansvarlig fakultet: Fakultet for biovitenskap
Frekvens: Årlig
Undervises på språk: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Begrensning antall plasser:
20
Undervises i periode:
Spring parallel and June block. The lectures will be given in the Spring parallel with submission of field report in the end of May.
Første gang: Studieår 2017-2018
Siste gang: 2022V
Fortrinnsrett: M-AE, students at other master programmes at NMBU are also welcome if available seats
Undervises hvor?: Campus Ås
Emnets innhold:

This course offers students the possibility to acquaint themselves with field research methodology, in particular a range of qualitative methods and basic quantitative methods. The course focuses on issues of complexity and change, and challenges of doing research in unfamiliar situations and locations. Critical reflection on various approaches for data collection and analysis, and on the relationship between specific research problems and related methods will be emphasized.

Attention is given to:

  • basic understanding of epistemological and methodological issues;
  • the strengths and weaknesses of different methods for data collection;
  • choice of appropriate sample: selection of case(s)/participants and sampling within cases;
  • methods of recording data;
  • different procedures for data analysis and processing;
  • writing: presenting and reporting field research;
  • reflection on and ethics of field research.
Læringsutbytte:

After completion of this course students are expected to have the following knowledge, skills and general competences:

Knowledge

  • Know how to present yourself to others as a researcher, the instrument through which we view the world
  • Have knowledge about the ethics of field research
  • Can design and conduct research using the range of qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques introduced in the course

Skills

  • Ability to assess the strengths and limitations of a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and their complementarity in research contexts
  • Ability to systematically record, organise, code and analyse empirical field material
  • Ability to critically reflect on the various approaches for data collection and analysis, and on the relationship between specific research problems and related methods that you have become familiar with
  • Ability to assess the validity of a study and the reliability of the results

General competences

  • Ability to take the proper steps for handling of personal data in research and data management plans
  • Ability to reflect on and critique the research process and what you learned about the techniques and about yourself as a researcher
  • Ability to give your fellow students peer feedback in a positive and constructive way
  • Ability to write a research report that builds on own findings.
Læringsaktiviteter:
Course contents are conveyed through presentations and workshops combined with individual and group work, with a strong emphasis on discussion and exercises. The exercises are scheduled as part of a research project, in order to facilitate an active learning process where students will engage on a practical basis with research design, methods for data collection and analysis, and reporting research. This will eventually result in a field report. The course ends with a presentation of the field research project.
Læringsstøtte:

Presentations and workshops, practical exercises and other information will be made available for those attending online from abroad.

During the course students will share and present their work in groups and in plenum and get peer- and teacher feedback.

Pensum:

Bernard, H. Russell. 2017. Research Methods in Anthropology. Sixth Edition. AltaMira Press or Bryman, Alan. 2016. Social Research Methods. Fifth Edition. Oxford University Press

Additional course readings will be made available in class.

Forutsatte forkunnskaper:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Obligatorisk aktivitet:
Participation in class and group work, five assignments, peer review, submission of a field research report and a final presentation of the field research report. All activities are compulsory.
Vurderingsordning:
Participation in class and group work 30%, assignments 30%, presentation and submission of field research report 40%. The field report must be approved before a passing grade is given.
Sensor:
An external evaluator will contribute to the appraisal of the field report
Normert arbeidsmengde:

125 hours

Presentations and workshops: 20 hours / 2 hours per week

Practical exercises: 30-40 hours, individually or in groups with other students

Work with field report, presentations and self-study: 55-65 hours

Opptakskrav:
GSK
Undervisningstid:

Presentations and workshops: 20 hours / 2 hours per week

Practical exercises: 30-40 hours, individually or in groups with other students

Work with field report, presentations and self-study: 55-65 hours

Eksamensdetaljer: Mappevurdering: Bokstavkarakterer