Interdisciplinary Project Course

Course content

This course will focus on the design of interdisciplinary projects, with particular emphasis on the students' master theses. Students will, supervised by teaching staff, select a research theme, develop research questions, briefly review key literature and on that basis design a research project, with particular emphasis on methodological choices. The theme and research questions will be required to be of a interdisciplinary character, involving both natural and social science aspects of a climate change related problem chosen by the students. The research design will be described in a synopsis

Education

MSc Programme in Climate Change
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics

Learning outcome

The overall aim of the course is to train students in formulating, approaching and analyzing climate change /environmental problems, involving interaction between ‘human’, ‘technological’ and ’biophysical’ systems. The final outcome of the course is a synopsis defined by the student.

Knowledge:

  • The course will allow the students to go into greater depth with theory and methodology within a specific climate change related research theme.

Skills:

  • Identify researchable, interdisciplinary research questions concerning human and bio-geophysical aspects of climate change.
  • Design a research plan, combining natural, technical and social science approaches and methods.
  • Communicate, in oral and written form,  complex issues involving both natural, technical and social science.

Competences:

  • Creatively use principles of ‘the scientific method’ to design a realistic research project, addressing interdisciplinary aspects of climate change.
  • Understand the basic common principles of, as well as the significant differences between, natural and social sciences, both at the epistemological and the methodological levels.

The course is composed of three hours per week of classroom exercises, including teacher and student presentations, group discussions and peer-feedback on the synopsis progress. In addition, two hours per week is dedicated to individual feedback on the synopsis ideas and progress.

The course curriculum will be equally split between literature provided by the course responsible and literature identified by the individual student as part of the synopsis writing.

BSc in Natural Resources, Food Science, Landscape Architecture, Biology-Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Geoinformatics and Geology-Geoscience from University of Copenhagen or equivalent.

Written
Oral
Individual
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, during course
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Theory exercises
  • 21
  • Preparation
  • 171
  • Guidance
  • 14
  • English
  • 206