Scientific Methods and Research Practices

CMM43 Core course 2 ECTS
Period W36 01.09.14 - 05.09.14
Instructor  Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir


In this course, students will gain insight and understanding, skills and competence in research planning, research ethics and academic practices, and finding, reading and interpreting scientific texts, as well as writing them. The course will also give intro to research methods and various study techniques, including work with annotated bibliography. The course will also address plagiarism and the UW’s rules towards plagiarism and academic integrity.

Topics include: Logical components of research projects; research ethics; and interpretation of statistics in technical/scientific texts.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:

  • have gained insight to various research methods and the importance of research planning
  • have gained understanding of the importance of research ethics and academic integrity
  • be able to read and choose appropriate data sources and papers, and know where to find them and how to include them in annotated bibliography
  • have knowledge on how to write and set up scientific papers.


Course diary – 25%

Applicable learning outcome: Reflections after each day and expectations towards the academic year. Reflections towards what has been learnt during the course and how it will benefit them throughout the year. 

Short assignments each day – 15% x 5 = 75%

Applicable learning outcome: Increased understanding of scientific writing and academic methods.

Grading is P=pass or F=fail


Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir earned her MSc in Geography from the University of Iceland, Reykjavík doing a 90 ECTS research thesis on Place Attachment and Place Identity in Ísafjörður. She did a BA degree in Sociology from the University of Iceland where she finished 7 different methodology and research courses focusing on both qualitative and quantitative methods. Albertína previously worked for the University of Iceland Research Centre in Bolungarvík for two years as a researcher in tourism, as well as a project manager at the University Centre of the Westfjords, and a project manager for FabLab in Ísafjörður (run by the Innovation Centre Iceland). Currently, she is works at Akureyrarstofa.

Guest lecturer

Râna Campell
Jesse Hastings, lecturer in environmental studies, National University of Singapore

Further reading

Readings and further readings posted on class website.