IMT6251 - Quality in Academic Research


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Course content

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  • Quality assurance processes and metrics in academic research.
  • Incentives in academic research, e.g. citation index.
  • The organization of academic conferences.
  • Use of conference management systems (e.g. easychair).
  • Paper review and evaluation criteria.

Learning outcome

This course addresses the following UN Sustainability Development Goals:

Goal 8, target 8.2: Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors.

Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production is about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

This course improves NTNU performance with respect to goal 8, target 8.1 and goal 12 by enabling the PhD student to acquire key research skills more cost effectively in terms of time consumption. This is achieved by employing a teaching format that supports and encourages the learning process to be tightly integrated with the PhD student's chosen field of research.

The course will prepare the candidate to take active part and contribute in the quality assurance process in the academic community. The course contributes towards the following learning outcomes:


An understanding of what processes are used, the threats that is facing these processes and techniques for mitigating these threats.


The student is able to utilize his knowledge e.g. by producing high quality reviews.

General competence

An understanding of academic writing style and documentation structure. An understanding of typical problem areas in relation to quality in academic research. An understanding of limitations relating to quality assurance as practiced in the academic community.

Learning methods and activities

-Project work -Meeting(s)/Seminar(s) -Tutoring

Compulsory requirements: None

The course is given every semester, assuming enough students register for the course. If not enough students register for the course, it will be given as a self study "ledet selvstudium".

Further on evaluation

Re-sit: Whole course must be re-taken.

Forms of assessment: Evaluation of Project(s), seminar presentations and participation, term papers

Required previous knowledge

  • The course requires that the student has been admitted to one of the NTNU PhD study programmes.
  • The course requires that the student has been allocated a PhD supervisor employed in a full time position at NTNU.
  • The enrolment for this course is conditioned on the PhD supervisor accepting to be the student's course supervisor.

Course materials

Books and papers e.g.Irene Hames. Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals: Guidelines for Good Practice. Wiley-Blackwell. 2007

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Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Informatics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology


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