TDMA5004 - Research Project Planning


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 100/100 A

Course content

The students will work with defining scientific and research-based problems, describing a research case, research questions, literature search, and the choice of scientific methods. Contact with partners interested in the project, such as a case organization and the supervisors, will be established. Further, the students will produce a research plan for data collection, development of the results, and completion of the project. This research plan is the starting point for the master thesis in the following semester.

Learning outcome

The course is open in terms of choice of research question, theoretical background, central concepts and data collection on all subjects covered in the master program.

After completing the course, the following learning outcomes are achieved:


The students will be able to:

  • Identify challenges in the private and public sector that are related to the main topic of the master program, as well as evaluate an appropriate methodological approach to solve the identified challenges.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of the scientific literature and methods related to the themes that are part of the mater thesis.


The students will be able to:

  • Work independently to establish a research project of appropriate size and timeline.
  • Define a research problem with related research case, plan for the use of methods, and relevant theory.
  • Define a detailed workplan to complete the project by taking into account timeline, resources, quality, and expected results.

General competence

The student will be able to:

  • Reflect on different research methods and sources relevant for digital transformation.
  • Present the plans for their own research work both orally as a presentation to fellow students and supervisor and in written as a research plan description.
  • Build the grounds for acquiring an ethical and critically healthy approach to the research work and its relevance for aspects of sustainability.

Learning methods and activities

The course is carried out as a combination of groupwork, seminars with presentations, meeting with supervisors, and self-study. The students will develop, present, and discuss research problems with the appropriate case, use of methods, and theory. These elements will converge in a research plan that is the background for the master thesis. During the semester, the student is connected to the supervisor and, if appropriate, the external case organization. The course and the master thesis are usually carried out individually, but both can be carried out in groups of maximum two students. Up to 10 hours of supervision are dedicated to each assignment. The students are responsible to take the initiative to request supervision. The main deliverable in this course is the complete research plan to perform a concrete master project. This plan will enable the students to start the data collection for the master thesis early on during the following semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Further information in the course description

Further on evaluation

REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT WORK (compulsory assignment): Participation in a minimum of 75% of the learning activities. The activities are announced at the start of the course. In special cases where 75% participation is not satisfied, the student can enter into an agreement with the course coordinator (emneansvarlig) about alternative learning activities.

ASSESSMENT: The research plan for the master thesis is evaluated. The course is evaluated with pass/not pass grade.

Re-sit assessment: March

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Digital Transformation (ITMAIKTSA)

Required previous knowledge

The students must have completed all courses in the first year of the master program before starting this course.

The course is reserved for students admitted to the Master's Degree Program in Digital Transformation.

Course materials

The syllabus is announced at the beginning of the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Approved report 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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