Applied Methodology

CMM24 Core course 4 ECTS
Period W15 - W16 04.04.16 - 15.04.16
Instructor Catherine Chambers, Dagný Arnarsdóttir, Mark Lenz


In this course, students will gain understanding, skills and competence in research planning, statistics, qualitative methodology and the art of reading and writing technical texts. Topics in quantitative section include: Logical components of research projects; sampling and sampling design; and interpretation of statistics in technical/scientific texts. Topics in qualitative section include: Designing a qualitative research; data collection in qualitative research; data processing and interpretation. A special emphasis will be put on how to mix up qualitative and quantitative methods, and how to write technical and non-technical texts for their own projects (thesis, proposals, manuscripts etc.)

Learning outcomes

Upon the completion of the course, students:


- are familiar with the most commonly used research methods within coastal and marine management

- understand the process of developing an individual research project at master‘s level.

- understand elements of high quality research, including data, methods and findings

- understand the academic and practical confinements of a master‘s thesis project.


- have adopted skills for developing and designing a sound research frame (including hypothesis and research questions) in the field of coastal and marine management

- have adopted skills for selecting and describing suitable key research methods (including sampling design, subjects/participants, instruments and procedure) on a particular subject within the field of coastal and marine management

- can identify and discuss key academic literature / landmark studies on a particular subject within the field of coastal and marine management


- are able to develop a sound framework for a research project at master‘s level and communicate its main elements, both orally and in short text, using the correct scientific terminology

- are able to successfully write a full research proposal where compelling arguments are given for the most suitable research methods




Catherine Chambers is a PhD Candidate in Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is currently based as a coastal cultures researcher at the Blönduós Center for Research and Collaboration. Her PhD research focuses on small-scale fisheries management, rural coastal communities, and the sustainability of the Icelandic lumpfish fishery. Other current projects focus on the aquaculture industry in Iceland and local food networks and sharing of fish.

Dangý Arnarsdóttir is the program director of the Coastal and Marine Management program. She holds a master's degree from the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) program at the University of Iceland (UI). In her master's thesis, Dagný studied the Corporate Social Responsibility discourse in Iceland and based her methodology on similar researches on climate change discourses in neighboring countries. Dagný has been the program director of the CMM masters program at the University Centre of the Westfjords since December 2009.

Mark Lenz.

Guest lecturer

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