The module introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods for data collection and analysis in information studies. This includes an introduction to the ethical and legal principles and challenges of data collection and analysis. Students will also be introduced to academic writing conventions and the field of information science, and will be trained in identifying scientific problems, selecting the appropriate research design(s), conducting literature search and review, and formulating appropriate research questions. As such, this module will form the basis of the problem-based project work and inquiries to be carried out during the course of the degree in Information Studies.
The student must through the module gain knowledge and understanding of:
theory of science with special significance for the information science field
core research paradigms within the field of information science
quantitative and qualitative research methods
academic writing conventions within the field of information science
problem-based and project-based learning, including techniques for identifying and formulating relevant problem statements and research questions
ethical and legal principles and challenges of data collection, processing, and analysis in information science
The student must through the module acquire skills in:
performing literature search and review at an academic level
adopting academic and scientific writing styles relevant for the field of information science
planning and executing quantitative and qualitative research studies
reflecting on the ethical and legal principles and challenges of data collection, processing, and analysis in information science
The student must through the module acquire competences in:
being able to independently plan, manage and execute a research design, including critical reflection on the appropriate methodological choices
being able to independently initiate and conduct quantitative and qualitative research studies with regard to real-world problems relevant to the field of information science
being able to independently develop problem-oriented, interpersonal, structural, and reflective/meta-cognitive learning competences
Reference to §17.
|Name of exam||Research & Methods in Information Studies|
|Type of exam|
Active participation/continuous evaluationThe exam can be passed through satisfactory active participation in the course, including attendance, completion of assignments and participation in exercises.
The exam takes form of a fixed 7-day homework assignment, where the student, based on the module, answers the question(s) and assignment(s) handed out within the module's subject area. The written part of the assignment must not exceed 15 pages and must be prepared individually.
The assignment is assessed by the examiner alone.
All written and all electronic aids
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures|
|Danish title||Undersøgelsesmetoder i Informationsvidenskab|
KA 1. semester
|Language of instruction||English|
|Location of the lecture||Campus Copenhagen|
|Responsible for the module|
|Study Board||Study Board of Communication and Digital Media|
|Department||Department of Communication and Psychology|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities|