The course provides students with understanding, skills and competence in research design, statistics, qualitative methodology and research ethics. Topics in the quantitative section include: logical components of research projects; sampling and sampling design; and interpretation of statistics in technical/scientific texts. Topics in the qualitative section include: designing a research project using qualitative methods; as well as qualitative data collection, processing and interpretation. Special emphasis will be placed on mixing qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as writing technical texts for the students own project (thesis, proposals, manuscripts etc.). The course also includes training on ethics in research, human subjects, and animal subjects ethics.
On completion of the course, a student:
- can recognize the most commonly used research methods within coastal studies.
- can identify components of high quality research, including data, methods, analysis, and findings in qualitative and quantitative methods.
- can select and describe suitable key research methods (including sampling design, subjects/participants, instruments and procedure) related to a particular subject within a coastal and marine management or coastal communities and regional development framework.
- can identify and discuss key academic literature/landmark studies related to a particular subject within a coastal and marine management or coastal communities and regional development framework.
- can develop a sound framework for a research project (including research design related to hypothesis and research questions) at the master‘s level and communicate its main elements orally using appropriate academic terminology.
- can successfully write a full research proposal where compelling arguments are given for the most suitable research methods.
Only for students in Coastal and Marine Management (MRM programme) or Coastal Communities and Regional Development (MA programme)