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Course module: 201600183
201600183
Academic Research Skills
Course infoSchedule
Course module201600183
Credits (ECTS)10
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondrs. E.M. Gommer
E-maile.m.gommer@utwente.nl
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
ir. W. Dankers
Lecturer
drs. E.M. Gommer
Contactperson for the course
drs. E.M. Gommer
Academic year2017
Starting block
1A
RemarksVoor premaster CSC
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
After the course has been completed the student is able to:
  1. Explain what (academic) research is, which kinds of research and which phases can be distinguished and how quality of the research can be guaranteed.
  2. To formulate research questions and objectives, based on an existing problem.
  3. To carry out a thorough literature study and specify research questions/objectives, based on this.
  4. To produce a plan for technological research, based on the formulated questions and/or objectives.
  5. To systematically process the results of scientific research:     - Interpretation of the results     - Clear and sound conclusions     - To answer the research question, including a reflection on the original objective.
  6. To write a scientific paper on the research results (in English).
  7. To orally present the results (in English) to an audience of supervisors and peers.
  8. To critically reflect on the results of their own research and that of fellow students (peer review).
Content
The course has been divided into two phases: 1) writing a research proposal and literature study and 2) writing a scientific paper on the (executed) research and an oral presentation of the results.
The details and study load vary for the different pre-master programmes. The students receive all relevant information at the start of the course.
  1. During the first phase, students will write a research proposal and literature review, based on a more general problem description they receive from one of the research groups in the department. The objective of the literature review is to describe the state of the art of the research subject and identify any gaps in the current knowledge. Based on this, the students further specify research their research question(s) and objective(s). During this process, students gain support from lectures and are supervised by the lecturers of the course and members of the research group. It is expected of the students that they act as the responsible coordinator of their own research project. Thereby, they will critically reflect on their own work and that of their fellow students (peer review). At the end of this phase, students submit a research plan and literature review.
  2. During the 2nd phase, the students process the research results. The amount of involvement with the execution of the research and the size of the project, depends on the amount of EC’s obtained for the course and varies per PM-programme. The results of the research are presented in a scientific paper (in English). Also in this phase it is expected of the students that they act as the responsible coordinator of their own research project. They will gain support from lectures and are supervised by the lecturers of the course and members of the research group. The students will critically reflect on their own work and that of their fellow students (peer review). At the end of this phase, the results are presented during a conference, where students and supervisors discuss the results.
Assumed previous knowledge
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Required materials
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Recommended materials
Book
Practical research: planning and design. P.D. Leedy & J.E. Omrod, 10th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 9781292021171
Blackboard
Other information will be provided via Blackboard.
Instructional modes
Final thesis
Presence dutyYes

Lecture

Other

Presentation(s)
Presence dutyYes

Self study with assistance

Self study without assistance

Seminar

Tutorial

Tests
Test

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