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ASCoR participation

ASCoR participation

Graduate School of Communication

This is for Research Master's students only.

Students develop their research skills in a ‘hands-on' way by participating in one of their professors' research projects. These projects are conducted within the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR), a research institute in the field of communication science housed within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam.

Credits:

6 EC (= 4 weeks fulltime)

Aim:

Gaining hands-on experience with the actual conduct of an academic-level communication science research project, under the supervision of a senior researcher Research Participation is a mandatory element of the Research Master program.

Content

Students participate in one of ASCoR’s ongoing research projects, through contributing to a combination of two or more of the following project phases: problem formulation, project design and set-up, data collection, data analysis, drawing conclusions and writeup.

If one of the phases in which the student participates concerns data collection (e.g., coding, interviewing, overseeing experiments), then this should take up no more than 33% of students’ total research participation time.

The project in which the Research Master's student participates must:

  • Be an empirical research project (i.e., concern quantitative or qualitative data collection and analysis).
  • Be conducted by a faculty member with a PhD
  • The faculty member must be an ASCoR-member

The faculty member conducting the project functions as the Research Participation Supervisor.

Registration

Registration of the Research Participation begins with the draw-up of a research participation plan. Approximate size: 2 pages A4. The plan contains at least a specification of:

  • Name of the Research Master's student 
  • Name of the Research Participation
  • Supervisor responsible for the research project.
  • Title of the research project.
  • The starting and end date of the –proposed- research participation.
  • How many hours of research participation per week on average will be concerned.
  • A specification of the different tasks the student will undertake, at a ‘reasonable’ level of specificity.
  • A specification of the expected research output (e.g., conference paper, internal report, manuscript for submission to journal)
  • Which acknowledgments of the Research Master's student’s contribution will appear in output following from the project.
  • The plan is signed by the Research Master's student and Research Participation Supervisor.

The plan is subject to approval by the Research Master's coordinator before the start of the research participation.

Assessment

The Research Participation is assessed on the basis of a report (approximate size: 3 - 4 pages A4), consisting of:

  • Name of the Research Master's student and name of the Research Participation Supervisor.
  • Title of the research project.
  • The actual starting and end date of the participation.
  • How many hours of participation in the project per week on average have been concerned.
  • A specification of the different tasks the Research Master's student had in the project, at a ‘reasonable’ level of specificity.
  • A specification of the research output realized (e.g., conference paper, internal report, manuscript for submission to journal)
  • Which acknowledgments of the Research Master's student’s contribution have appeared in output following from the project.
  • Student evaluation: A section in which the Research Master student evaluates the research participation: what was learned, which hurdles have been met, and if and how they have been overcome?
  • Research Participation Supervisor evaluation: A section in which the Research Participation Supervisor evaluates the Research Participation: which skills did the student demonstrate and which further learning outcomes apply?
  • The report is signed by the Research Master student and Research Participation Supervisor.

The report is subject to approval by the Graduate School Director or the Research Master's coordinator. The EC are allocated after approval.