Research Methods, Research Ethics and Theory of Science
2013-2014 - MGE4041 - 15 ECTS

On the basis of

MGE4001 Introduction to Gerontology

Expected learning outcomes

Within knowledge:

The student

  • is able to make use of relevant research reports and scientific articles in one's own work with the Master's thesis and in one's own professional practice

Within skills:

The student

  • can choose a suitable method as a solution to one's own research questions and argue the choice
  • can assess method and relevance of various research projects/papers

Within general competence:

The student

  • is able to demonstrate ethical responsibility in research can assess various research traditions in the light of academic theory


Presentation of ongoing, relevant research at the relevant University Colleges
Searching for literature
Design of research papers
Collection of data
The most important techniques for analysis within qualitative methods in Gerontology
The most important techniques for analysis within quantitative methods in Gerontology
Studies of assessment
Principles for project work
Research ethics

Teaching Methods

Group works
Net Support Learning

Teaching Methods (additional text)

MGE4041 Module 5 starts with a collective introduction (information and groupwork with tutor). Groupwise computer-based seminars for writing papers will be organized throughout the whole of MGE4041 Module 5.

Form(s) of Assessment

Home exam, see textarea

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

The plan for the Master's thesis or another research/development project with a scope of 4000 words will be assessed by the tutor and the appointed examiner based on the following criteria for pass/fail.
•           The research question is precise, relevant and theoretically justified
•           The method is thoroughly described and relevant for the research question
•           The research-ethical questions are assessed
•           The outline of the thesis has a logical structure
•           The list of literature documents the use of relevant and updated research literature
MGE4041 (Module 5) must have been awarded a passing grade for the student to begin MGE4901 the Master's thesis (Module 6)

Grading Scale


External/internal examiner

Two internal examiners

Re-sit examination

Plan for the Master's thesis must be handed in in an adapted version, alternatively describe a new Master's thesis project

Coursework Requirements

Participation in groupwise seminars for writing assignments/papers

Additional information

Course coordinator:
Professor Tor Inge Romøren