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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI
Course unit
RESEARCH AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT METHODOLOGY: APPLICATIONS
AVP7078738, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI (Ord. 2017)
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination RESEARCH AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT METHODOLOGY: APPLICATIONS
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge LAURA SECCO AGR/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 3.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year

Syllabus
Notes: The course is an e-learning activity based on the use of Moodle platform and continuos interactions between the students and the teacher as well as among students. The exam is based on the evaluation of students performance both during the online activities and the submission and discussion of a final assignment, to be completed individually.
The main contents are the following:
1. Research methodology: How to select the topic of the thesis, The Research Process (types of research, research steps, etc.), What it is and how can be developed a research synopsis.
2. Thesis development and structure: How to carry out the literature review, How to access and use AIRE (the portal of the University of Padova to access the scientific literature - thousands of journals available full text) and other important forestry databases, How to organize the bibliography, Technical writing: how to structure and write the MSc thesis or to publish a scientific paper in an international peer reviewed journal, from the formulation of a problem statement to the formulation of research objectives.
3. Research ethics: plagiarism, tools useful to prevent the risk of plagiarism, intellectual property rights (co-authorships, primary data collection from rural areas, ...).

The e-modules are arranged as described in the following:
Module 1: "Starting up!" (e-lessons: 1. Log in and answer the welcome letter; 2. Introduce yourself to the e-moderators and e-fellows by creating your own profile; 3. Don't you feel a scientist... do you?)
Module 2: "Basics of research methodology" (e-lessons: 1. Which types of research do exist?; 2. How to select your own research topic!; 3. How to draft a literature review)
Module 3: "First steps towards your thesis development" (e-lessons: 1. Clearness in problem statement and research objectives formulation; 2. Developing a draft of your own problem statement and research objectives; 3. Getting familiar with a research synopsis)
Module 4: "Thesis writing and research results publishing" (e-lessons: 1. Develop your own draft/preliminary research synopsis; 2. Examples of good thesis structures; 3. Publishing your research results; 4. Ethics in research: an overview).