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Master 2019/2020

Research Seminar

Area of studies: Management
When: 2 year, 1-3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Master’s programme: Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation
Language: English
ECTS credits: 9

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is delivered to the second year master students of the Master Program ‘Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation’ at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE). The course length is 342 academic hours in total of which 84 are classroom hours and 258 hours are devoted to self-study. The ultimate goal of the course is to provide students with practical knowledge and ready-to-use research skills, necessary for successful development of master thesis research proposal (MTRP) and its further realization. The course is divided into five blocks. The first includes a series of seminars discussing the key steps of research project development and planning: research topic identification and problematization, research questions and hypotheses formulation, etc. The second block is fully dedicated to the research methods mainly used by the Master Program students for their research projects: survey, interview, case study, secondary statistical data analysis. The third part of the course is fully given to students writing MTRPs under supervision, followed by their defenses within the series of MTRPs oral defenses (in groups). Finally, the last block includes a series of master theses pre-defenses. The course lasts for 3 modules of the 2nd year of study.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • 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
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • 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
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to the course
    Basic 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 writing
    Research 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 researchers
    Managerialism in science. R&D management in academe: needs, challenges and best practices.
  • A world to survive in: new social practices for scientists
    R&D performance and assessment. Academic entrepreneurship and transformation of researcher’s profession. Big Data Challenge.
  • Social impact of technological progress
    Social 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 success
    Technological 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 economies
    Evaluation of R&D commercialization potential. Strategies of R&D commercialization. Technology transfer offices. University-industry linkages.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Peer-review
    Peer-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.
  • non-blocking MTRP
    MTRP 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.
  • non-blocking Colloquium
  • non-blocking Pre-defense
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.3 * Colloquium + 0.3 * MTRP + 0.2 * Peer-review + 0.2 * Pre-defense
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Ligia MUNTEAN JEMNA. (2016). Qualitative And Mixed Research Methods In Economics: The Added Value When Using Qualitative Research Methods. Journal of Public Administration, Finance and Law, (9), 154. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.aic.jopafl.y2016v9p154.167

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • 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