Master's Seminar
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Master's Seminar
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
The aim of the seminar is to create the prerequisites for writing a Master's thesis and to support the Master's thesis writing process. The seminar will help to formulate a research problem, to find suitable methods to solve the research problem, to support the process of data collection and analysis, and presentation of research results and the formalization of a Master's thesis. The seminar will help to develop the skills to participate in professional discussions and academic debates and for reviewing the research. The seminar will create an opportunity to discuss central topics and issues of information science related to the Master thesis and present these in the seminar presentations and discussions.
Brief description of the course
Students are divided into groups according to selected areas of research. Each group has its own supervisor/tutor. Extensive discussions on specific problems in the field of research will be arranged about research problems, -design, strategies, methods and techniques. The research process follows the research life cycle of a specific field: the problem setting, research questions/hypothesis, a theoretical framework/literature review, data collection and analytical methods and techniques, presentation of results and discussion, research formalization (scientific language and style, referencing).
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has knowledge of the scientific research process and its structure;
- is able to choose and formulate a research problem, formulate a hypothesis, or to formulate a research question;
- is able to write a research plan;
- is able to defend the research plan in academic discussion;
- is able to choose appropriate methods for the problem solving;
- is able to use the various theories and methods in the selected area;
- is able to prepare a theoretical framework and analytical literature review of the research area;
- conducts an independent research in the chosen field and on the topic;
- is able to provide the master's thesis in the required form;
- is able to defend the research project in an academic discussion.
Aira Lepik
Prerequisite course 2