NIFK23000U Preparing Global Forestry Fieldwork
MSc Programme in Global Forestry
The course is a preparatory course for the Global Forestry Field Course: the focus is on developing a minor research project (that will then be implemented during the subsequent field course in a low or middle-income country in the Global South). The course includes (i) an understanding of the general environment in the country, e.g. regarding natural resources management policies and forest types; (ii) training in locating and assessing white and grey literature on the research project topic; (iii) conducting critical discussions as part of project preparation; (iv) preparing and analysing empirically oriented project synopses; (v) selecting appropriate data collection instruments; (vi) finalising a fieldwork project proposal. The course thus covers the entire research process up to the implementation phase. In addition, the course pays particular attention to practical considerations concerning fieldwork, e.g. ethics, personal safety, training and managing enumerators.
The course aims to give the students a thorough understanding of
the importance of fieldwork preparation.
After finishing the course students are expected to be able to:
Understand the importance of field work preparation
Be familiar with the research process (until implementation stage)
Realise the need to acquire in-depth location specific factual knowledge
Gain in-depth knowledge of topic addressed in research synopsis
Apply principles, theories and frameworks to locally specific knowledge/conditions
Collect, analyse and evaluate quantitative and qualitative information
Select and design relevant data collection instruments
Design a clear and coherent research project synopsis
Reflect on risks and ethics in relation to data collection in developing countries
Argue cogently and think critically within the parameters of a particular academic discipline
Demonstrate the values of scholarship: inquiry, reflection, integrity, open mindedness, evidence-based thinking, collegiality
Tackle problems by collecting, analysing and evaluating appropriate qualitative and quantitative information and using it creatively
The course material consists of selected scientific articles and book chapters. Students identify additional group specific literature.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Project work
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- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Type of assessment details
- Students will work in groups; each group will develop a
research synopsis. Final grade will be based on (i) the research
synopsis, and (ii) individual student peer-review of two other
groups' research synopses (each student must prepare a 500
Students must pass the part-examinations individually in order to pass the overall exam.
Weight: Research synopsis 50%, Review of the other group synopses 50%.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal censor
Reexam: written assignment to be dowloaded from Digital Exam cutting across the materials covered in the course. 4 hours.
Criteria for exam assesment
See criteria in Learning Outcome
- Course code
- 7,5 ECTS
- Full Degree Master
- 1 block
- Block 2
- Course capacity
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Natural Resources, Environment and Animal Science
- Department of Food and Resource Economics
- Faculty of Science
- Joel Gustav Persson (4-6f746a71456e6b777433707a336970)