SDMM15004U Core Course 4: Research Methodology and Ethics, Master of Disaster Management
The course introduces the principal study designs, methodological approaches and ethical considerations in disaster research; with a focus on research development.
Specifically, the course covers:
- Critical literature review for identification of relevant knowledge gaps, research problems and questions.
- Quantitative methods for primary and secondary data collection - including definition of outcomes and variables; target population; sampling; and questionnaire design. Central issues on data management, validation, and analyses using statistical software (e.g. SPSS) are also covered.
- Qualitative methods for primary data collection including focus group discussions; key informant interviews; and participant observation. Data management validation and analyses including field note analyses are also covered.
- Mixed methods approaches in terms of the rationale for use, common procedures, and limitations.
- Basic principles and statutes on research ethics focusing on the specific challenges within disaster research.
On completion of the course, students should be able to:
The teaching/learning methods could be listed as follows:
• Lectures - Imparting knowledge, concepts, theories and models
• Journal clubs – discussion of relevant papers with emphasis on analytical skills and knowledge gain
• Group work – guided with a set of questions or an (software) exercise based on specific case
• Presentations – of group or individual student assignments
- Class Instruction
Written exam feedback is given in the case of the grade, FAIL.
- 7.5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentCourse Assignment (4-5 page Synopsis)
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal examiner
- Exam period
See the exam plan
Criteria for exam assesment
To achieve the grade, PASSED, the student must be able to:
- Identify and critically evaluate the relevance and validity of scientific literature and data within the field of disaster management.
- Describe relevant research problems and formulate specific research questions and objectives to be addressed within the framework of a master thesis research project.
- Determine appropriate study designs and critically discuss relevant quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis methods that align with these designs.
- Apply knowledge of general concepts for ensuring good academic and research practice including the key concept in research ethics.
- Synthesise all of the above into a consistent synopsis adhering to the conventional structures for scientific literature.