Applied Methodology

CMM24C Core Course 4 ECTS
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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