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Master 2019/2020

Research Seminar

Area of studies: Management
When: 2 year, 1-3 module
Mode of studies: Full time
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 current trends and relevant research problems in the field of STI management
  • Ability to summarize and assess previous research results
  • Ability to develop research design and to plan its realization
  • Knowledge on how to collect and analyze empirical data according to research objectives and questions
  • Ability to use the key quantitative and qualitative research methods properly
  • Ability and knowledge of how to write and present reviews, research proposals, and academic papers
  • Experience of professional communication of research results
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.
  • Master thesis guidelines and regulations
    Master thesis: format, content, structure, volume. Supervisor and advisor roles and responsibilities. Schedule for interaction with supervisor. Master thesis submission guidelines. Reviews: supervisor and blind reviewer. Defense Committee Session: decision-making and timing.
  • Current global agenda in STI: analysis of the field
    Key research areas and emerging topics in STI studies; current challenges. Strategies for selecting / formulating a relevant research topic.
  • Identification of a research problem: techniques and approaches
    Research topic, title and problem. Requirements to research problem, assessment of its relevance.
  • The key elements of research: questions / hypotheses / goals
    The key requirements to these elements of research. Types and features.
  • Writing academic text: structure, key elements and features
    The key steps in writing and structuring an academic text. Research proposal: structure and requirements.
  • Research methodologies and logics of method selection
    Characteristics of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research. Factors influencing the process of methodology selection: research objectives, focus, nature of study, type of data and data analysis.
  • Survey research
    Aims and objectives of survey research. Advantages and limitations. Conceptualization. Operationalization. Key guidelines for development of questionnaires, questionnaire design. Types of questions and answers in research survey. Scales. Questionnaire testing. Organization of online-survey. Response rate.
  • Interview
    Structured and semi-structured interview. Focus group. Criteria for respondents selection. Recruitment of respondents. Preparation for and organization of interview.
  • Sample
    Population. Sampling frame. Random and non-random selection methods.
  • Case study
    Advantages and limitations of case study. Comparative case study. Cases selection.
  • Documents analysis
    Document analysis as a method of qualitative research, its advantages and limitations. Rationale and major steps.
  • Analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research results
    Algorithm for analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. Descriptive and explanatory analysis.
  • Official statistics: information sources, interpretation and presentation
    Statistics and statistical databases as information sources for STI research. Key requirements and hints on how to search for, analyze, visualize and present statistical data.
  • Writing
    Consultations on individual research projects are provided on request
  • Development of MTRP presentation
  • Research proposal oral defense
  • Preparation
    Consultations on individual research projects are provided on request
  • Defense
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

  • BARRATT, P. (2017). Healthy competition: A qualitative study investigating persuasive technologies and the gamification of cycling. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.555A4BB1
  • Ben R. Martin. (2015). Twenty Challenges for Innovation Studies. SPRU Working Paper Series. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.sru.ssewps.2015.30
  • Georg M. Eichler, & Erich J. Schwarz. (2019). What Sustainable Development Goals Do Social Innovations Address? A Systematic Review and Content Analysis of Social Innovation Literature. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F879E2B0
  • Jenny Rowley. (2014). Designing and using research questionnaires. Management Research Review, (3), 308. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-02-2013-0027?utm_campaign=RePEc&WT.mc_id=RePEc
  • 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
  • Smith, E. (2008). Using Secondary Data in Educational and Social Research. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=265864
  • Timothy J. Ellis, & Yair Levy. (2008). Framework of Problem-Based Research: A Guide for Novice Researchers on the Development of a Research-Worthy Problem. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.A95F4B40
  • Yin, R. K. . (DE-588)136005616, (DE-576)163641544. (2014). Case study research : design and methods / Robert K. Yin. Los Angeles, Calif. [u.a.]: Sage. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.380931494

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
  • Haunberger, S. (2016). International Handbook of Survey Methodology. E. D. de Leeuw, J. J. Hox & D. A. Dillman, 2008. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.B0965933
  • Krippendorff, K. (DE-588)136072429, (DE-576)161833357. (2004). Content analysis : an introduction to its methodology / Klaus Krippendorff. Thousand Oaks, Calif. [u.a.]: Sage. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.110340264
  • 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