Research Seminar "Master Thesis Discussion"
- The objective of this course is to help students prepare their master thesis for defense.
- Students are able to plan and perform an independent research project.
- Students demonstrate deep knowledge and critical understanding of theories, principles, concepts and methodologies.
- Students are able to examine and critically appraise research methods and tools.
- Students are able to take the responsibility and persuade the audience in the efficiency and reasonability of your decisions. Students have to make a presentation of their PMT. In this presentation, students will have to justify their research question, their use of a given theory, their use of a given research method.
- Students demonstrate a range of generic skills including information and time management, team and project work, computing and autonomous learning, digital skills. Planning and beginning to perform a research project requires students to develop a research question, gather data, choose appropriate research methods, and analyze these data, among other tasks.
- Students demonstrate an innovative, open and ethical mindset. Planning and beginning to perform a research project requires an open and innovative mindset. For example, students have to develop a research question and identify the research method that is most appropriate for this research question.
- Term Paper: Rules, Deadlines, PlanHSE regulations for term papers. Term paper preparation steps. Scientific advisor. HSE research labs.
- Research Paper: OverviewResearch question. Main parts of a research paper. Working papers. Published articles. Scientific journals, rankings. Web of Science, Scopus.
- Research Project: How to start?Examples of “good” and “poor” research questions. How to start and look for an interesting topic for TP. Practical tips on writing a good research paper
- Reading ArticlesA week before this seminar you receive several articles for home reading. During this seminar we discuss the following questions: What is the main idea of the article? What is a data source? What is an observation unit? What kind of data is used (cross-sectional, time series, etc.)? How are dependent and independent variables measured? Why authors use control variables? What does robustness check mean? We also talk about contributions and how to organize discussion around results.
- Research Project: Choosing Appropriate Research Method.The choice of appropriate research methodology is one of the most difficult decisions. During this seminar we discuss the available research methodologies and the basis of selecting the most suitable. Based on your topics and research questions we try to make a choice of appropriate research methodology, sampling procedures and data collection techniques.
- Outline of the preliminary master’s thesis (PMT)
- Final (written) version of the PMT
- Report on and presentation of another student’s PMT
- Oral defense of the PMT
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.7 * Final (written) version of the PMT + 0.3 * Report on and presentation of another student’s PMT
- Kuada, J. E. (2012). Research Methodology : A Project Guide for University Students (Vol. 1st edition). Frederiksberg C [Denmark]: Samfundslitteratur Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=503632
- Axelrod, B. N., & Windell, J. (2012). Dissertation Solutions : A Concise Guide to Planning, Implementing, and Surviving the Dissertation Process. Lanham, Md: R&L Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=522053