Research Paper Preparation Code Weight of the course Period Course Leader Lecturers Teaching Methods Exam Contact ISS-3105 4 ECTS TERM 1 - TERM 3 Kees Biekart Major Convenors (names tbc), Kees Biekart, Avé Baxa-Rodriguez, Peter van Helden, Lidwien Lamboo, Joy Misa, Saskia Scheffer, John Steenwinkel, Michel Wesseling Participatory Lecture, Workshop, Computer exercise Attendance: 100% Vlada Tchirikova Learning objectives The course is designed to support the development of good quality Research Papers, and to prepare students on the key components of writing their Research Paper. The course will also familiarize students with concepts and practices of information literacy in order to develop an active information management style. Course description The course begins in Term 1 with a plenary session for all MA students to hear a range of Research Paper experiences from students of the ‘old batch’. As information technology is increasingly being used as a tool to create, access, and manage information, there is a need to also offer training in information technology skills. In a number of subsequent small group workshops, practical assignments will allow students to develop their practical skills in identifying information needs, searching effectively, evaluating information found, and referencing the consulted literature correctly in scholarly writings (e.g. assignments, essays, Research Paper). In Term 2, a combination of plenary sessions and workshops is offered to systematically develop the competences needed for the development of a Research Paper Proposal (from which supervisors and second readers can be identified), followed by the elaboration of the (more detailed) Research Paper Design. There will be a series of plenaries designed to support the workshops (organized per Major), covering key issues that can arise in conducting research leading to a good quality Research Paper Design. The plenaries will be interdisciplinary and relevant to both field-work and desk-work oriented research. The plenary topics will deal at least with the following questions: What is a Research Paper and how does it connect to your other learning at ISS? How to move from a ‘topic’ to a manageable researchable question? How to do a literature search and what can we learn from texts produced by previous researchers? What is good referencing and selecting academic quotes? What is a theoretical framework, and what is an analytical framework? How to combine theory and data in a concrete research design? What principles can guide selecting cases to be investigated and assessing the accuracy and representativeness of data? How to format and index my Research Paper? What are ethical procedures and risk assessments? The course will end in late May (Term 3) with individual students presenting their Research Paper Designs in the smaller Major and/or Specialization groups during the so-called ‘Research Paper Design seminars’, in which their supervisor, second reader and fellow students actively provide feedback. These seminars are only meant to improve the design and will be organized in sufficient time to allow revision before formal submission for assessment. Assessment The revised Research Paper Design will be assessed on a pass/resubmission basis. Indicative reading Booth, W.C, G. G. Colomb, and J. M. Williams (2008 or earlier editions) The Craft of Research. London, The University of Chicago Press. Laws, S., Harper, C., Marcus, R. (2003) Research for Development: A practical Guide. London, Sage. O’Leary, Z. (2010) The Essential Guide to Doing your Research Project. London, Sage. Seale, C. (2004) Social research methods: A reader. London, Routledge. Somekh, B and C. Lewin (eds.) (2004) Research Methods in the Social Sciences. London, Sage. White, P (2009) Developing Research Questions, Basingstoke and New York, PalgraveMacmillan.