Development Project: Action Research

2018/2019

Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The course module is based upon knowledge acquired in the module Technological Innovation and Design

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

During this module students will conduct research activities that support and qualify technological transformation by involving affected people. Students will gain experiences with different action research methodologies, and get familiar with how they can be utilised in a professional context. Students are to plan and execute a development project and thereby promote, test and evaluate responsible technological innovation; experimentation with new and emerging technologies; or organizational development in technology intensive contexts.

Upon completion of the module, the student can:

Learning objectives

Knowledge

  • discuss the phases of action research, including those of problem identification, planning, action, observation, and reflection
  • explain classic and contemporary approaches in action research work, including different definitions, level of participation/ involvement and underpinning assumptions
  • describe responsible technological innovation; experimentation with new and emerging technologies; or organizational development in technology intensive contexts

Skills

  • plan, execute and evaluate action research methods in a professional setting
  • account for and analyse results from the project’s action research methodology
  • present reflections on how action research can relate to responsible technological innovation; experimentation with emerging technologies; or organizational development in technology intensive contexts on a practical and theoretical level.

Competences

  • assess potentials and limitations of various action research approaches, including those related to the quality criteria for and the ethical dimensions of action research.
  • facilitate participation in action research processes and in responsible technological innovation; experimenting with emerging technologies; or organizational development in technology intensive contexts.
  • evaluate how action research approaches can help to create new practices in scientific and technological research and development.

Type of instruction

Project work, supervisor feedback, seminars and workshops, reflection

Exam

Exams

Name of examDevelopment Project: Action Research
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
ECTS25
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAre described in the Joint Programme Regulations.

Facts about the module

Danish titleUdviklingsprojekt: Aktionsforskning
Module codeTBITANK18301
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
ECTS25
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudyboard for Techno-Anthropology, Sustainable Design and Integrated Food studies
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design