What is Research?
Full course description
You have already been introduced to problem-based learning (PBL) in the BA DS Introduction Days and during your courses in Periods 1 and 2. In this course, you are taught to reflect more systematically on PBL, how problem solving generates knowledge, and how academic research differs from other methods of inquiry. You will begin to learn how to formulate research questions related to the rapidly changing digital environment, and how to use concepts and data to answer research questions. We will also develop skills to conduct a systematic literature search and examine the role of Wikipedia as a source of knowledge.
At the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
- demonstrate your ability to formulate a research question;
- employ online resources in academic research;
- describe your research topic by means of an oral presentation;
- prepare a written introduction and literature review of an academic paper;
- appraise the research questions and oral presentations of your peers;
- apply correctly the referencing conventions of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.G., & Williams (2016). The craft of research (3th ed.). The University of Chicago Press
Lund, A. (2017). Wikipedia, work and capitalism. A realm of freedom?. Palgrave Macmillan.