AGDK14018U Thesis Data Collection

Volume 2020/2021
Content

THE COURSE CAN BE 7.5 ECTS OR 15 ECTS.

 

Thesis data collection is an elective course that prepares students for carrying out their master´s thesis in the fourth semester. As part of the course students draft a synopsis for their thesis, and subsequently collect data for their research project. The data can be either primary data collected through fieldwork, survey, data mining; or they can be secondary data collected from archives, databanks, existing literature, etc. Fieldwork can take place in all kinds of socio-cultural contexts on the condition that it can be realistically carried out within the given time frame and that the safety of students is not at stake. Apart from this, the choice of data to be collected is limited by research ethics only.

 

Data collection can be carried out individually or in smaller groups.

 

During the data collection process, students write a portfolio. Students are assigned a supervisor before the course starts and receive 45 minutes supervision to prepare their synopsis + 45 minutes supervision per 7,5 ECTS to discuss portfolio results and prepare the final report. Supervision can be organized in groups if a supervisor has several students collecting data at the same time. Students also receive supervision from peer students collecting data at the same time. When doing fieldwork abroad, supervision from teacher and from peers is organized through netbased dialogue.

 

The duration of data collection is max 25 days per 7,5 ects.

 

The course can be 7,5 ECTS or 15 ECTS.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge

- demonstrate familiarity with relevant metods for collecting data and the types of knowledge that the chosen method produces

- demonstrate knowledge in analysing data relevant to provide answers to research questions.

- demonstrate thematic and regional knowledge relevant to a chosen research field

 

Skills

- write a problem statement and a research synopsis

- collect relevant empirical material

- evaluate the problem statement and research questions in relation to collected empirical material

 

Competences

- organize an empirical material properly with due consideration to relevant methodological and ethical issues

- reflect critically on the methological and analytical process of data collection

- give qualified feedback on others’ work

 

Supervision and feedback from teacher and from peer students
Workload:

7.5 ECTS = 210 hours (fieldwork: 170 hours. Exam preparation: 40 hours)
15 ECTS = 420 hours (fieldwork: 340 hours. Exam preparation: 80 hours)
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Field Work
  • 170
  • Exam Preparation
  • 40
  • Total
  • 210
Written
Oral
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio
Individual or groups submissions

Contents of the portfolio:
• All the portfolio assignments handed in during the course, revised and collected as one portfolio.
• 3 pages Master’s Thesis synopsis. Length: max 1500 words. Does not vary depending on whether the exam is done individually or as a group.
• 3 pages overview of the data material. Length: max 1500 words. Does not vary depending on whether the exam is done individually or as a group.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Re-exam

1st re-exam: A new assignment must be submitted. The new assignment must be submitted by the deadline for the re-exam.

2nd re-exam: A new assignment must be submitted. The new assignment is submitted during the next exam period.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome.