- To provide students with practical knowledge and skills necessary for the successful development of a research proposal and further realization of their research projects
- To broaden students’ knowledge on social studies research methods, especially those traditionally used in STI studies
- To train students’ analytical and critical thinking skills
- Ability to identify and describe problems, develop problem solution strategies, find information and data sources and process these
- Ability to identify and communicate the form and amount of information needed for decision making; check completeness, process and interpret information
- Introduction to the courseBasic guidelines and requirements of the course. Schedule and deadlines. Academic control. Criteria for written papers evaluation. Students are welcomed to share their aspirations and research interests and questions, which should be discussed at the course.
- Research basics: a brief tour to research design and academic writingResearch topic and research problem. Research questions types and requirements. Research design and methodology. Academic writing - style and structure of master thesis.
- The art of managing science: issues to be solved and appeals to researchersManagerialism in science. R&D management in academe: needs, challenges and best practices.
- A world to survive in: new social practices for scientistsR&D performance and assessment. Academic entrepreneurship and transformation of researcher’s profession. Big Data Challenge.
- Social impact of technological progressSocial transformations caused by digital technologies and overall technological growth. Digital inequality. Social risks and ethical problems of artificial intelligence.
- Technological development as a factor of a nation’s successTechnological upgrading and catching-up: factors and strategies. Current technological frontier and positions of the lagging behind countries. Cities as the centers of technological development and innovation. Rural innovation.
- Commercialization of R&D results: forms and trends in emerging economiesEvaluation of R&D commercialization potential. Strategies of R&D commercialization. Technology transfer offices. University-industry linkages.
- Peer-reviewPeer-review should follow the given structure: 1. Relationship to Topic and Literature. - Short description and assessment of MT chapters - Relevance of work to the chosen topic - Demonstration of an adequate understanding of the relevant literature in the field and citation of an appropriate range of sources - Relevance of research question to topic 2. Methodology and results - Development of clear research questions and / or hypotheses - Choice and application of well-reasoned research methods - Correct use and employment of methods - Development, presentation and justification of adequate conclusions from research - Preparation of answers to the research questions raised in the paper 3. Quality of Communication - Check if the MT uses the template provided - Take into account that the thesis is 60 pages text not counting outline, bibliography, annex(es), list of tables and similar plus/minus 10 per cent - Clear presentation and analysis of research results - Look for correct numbering, logic of headings & sub headings (e.g. one sub-heading under a heading is not acceptable, at least 2 sub-headings need to be under a heading) - Look at the use of references, e.g. check if all references cited in document are included in bibliography and vice versa - Check if tables and figures are numbered and titles assigned, check if sources are provided for tables and figures - Communication of ideas - Provide an overall assessment of consistency and coherence of the MT argumentation - Check if conclusions and summary relate to the main body of the MT - Check if summary outlines the main body of the MT.
- MTRPMTRP is a brief introduction of a research project designed for a master thesis. MTRP is evaluated as the average of the two grades: for 1) the written part and 2) its oral defense.
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.3 * Colloquium + 0.3 * MTRP + 0.2 * Peer-review + 0.2 * Pre-defense
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- Ben Martin, Paul Nightingale, & Alfredo Yegros-Yegros. (2011). Science and Technology Studies: Exploring the Knowledge Base. Working Papers on Innovation Studies. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.tik.inowpp.20111004
- Cargill, M., & O’Connor, P. (2013). Writing Scientific Research Articles : Strategy and Steps (Vol. Second edition). Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=568792
- Duarte, N. (2008). Slide:ology : The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations (Vol. 1st ed). Beijing: O’Reilly Media. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=412140
- Michael Jay Katz. (n.d.). FROM RESEARCH TO MANUSCRIPT From Research to Manuscript A Guide to Scientific Writing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.527E83F3