Applied Methodology

CMM24C Core Course 4 ECTS
Period -
Instructor Dr. Catherine Chambers, Daniel Govoni, Sigurður Halldór Árnason


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.)


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



Dr. Catherine Chambers is director of the master’s program in Coastal and Marine Management. She holds a PhD from University of Alaska Fairbanks, a master degree in Zoology from University of Southern Illinois and a bachelor degree from Drake University in Environmental Science. Her PhD dissertation was entitled "Fisheries management and fishing livelihoods in Iceland" and was part of the US National Science Foundation “Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic” interdisciplinary training program.

Catherine Chambers’ research interests include fisheries management, coastal communities, and Arctic social-ecological systems. Her recent publications include “Thirty years after privatization: A survey of Icelandic small-boat fishermen,” “Community, change and conflict in Icelandic fisheries,” and earlier publications are on biology/zoology. She has also published a paper outlining a new guideline for teaching concepts of sustainability and interdisciplinary for University level courses.