spring 2024
IND-3013 GENI - Applied Research Project - 5 ECTS

Type of course

The student must be enrolled in the Master in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI).

Obligatory prerequisites

IND-3012 GENI - Research Methods and Indigenous Research Ethics

Course content

The GENI Applied Research Project is a largely independent research-based course that builds on the research proposal and brief literature review completed in the "GENI Research Methods and Indigenous Research Ethics" course.

In cooperation with the course instructor, and possibly an academic supervisor, students negotiate a memorandum of understanding with a host supervisor. Relevant hosts are generally intended to be non-academic in focus, and might include businesses, government bodies, non-governmental organizations, or other bodies in Northern and Indigenous areas.

The research project must have academic merit but also serve the needs of the host. In most cases, the methodology will consist of a knowledge synthesis; a case study; a program evaluation; a feasibility study; a needs assessment; or some combination of the above.

A final draft is submitted to the host for review and then a final report is submitted for academic assessment.

Objectives of the course

The Applied Research Project sharpens students’ research skills. It provides professional experience working with industry, government, indigenous organizations and institutions, and other organizations and stakeholders. It fosters students’ professional networks and illustrates a positive research relationship by serving the research needs of northern community organizations and other stakeholders.

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student has:

  • a deeper knowledge of at least one particular theme of the program
  • an understanding of the potential challenges and benefits of merging academic and applied research
  • substantial knowledge of their host institution and the surrounding professional network


The student is able to / can:

  • collaborate and communicate effectively with different stakeholders
  • select appropriate research methods to meet a specific research requirement, in consideration of time limitations
  • gather research data, largely or wholly independently
  • integrate research data from different sources into a cohesive report


The student can:

  • develop a research plan suitable to both academic and institutional stakeholders
  • produce a research report that is acceptable both to an academic and non-academic audience

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Largely independent student research. The course contains no lectures or reading seminars. Students gain knowledge through meetings with the course instructor and their academic and host supervisors, and through feedback on their draft reports.

The course is offered in an extended spring semester (January-July).

The course includes practice through a largely independent research project.



Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Assignment 17.07.2024 09:00 (Hand in) Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Memorandum of understanding Approved – not approved
Supervision Approved – not approved
Draft report Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam:

  • A negotiated memorandum of understanding
  • Participation in regular (at least monthly) meetings with their supervisors or written updates in lieu of attendance
  • If necessary for the project, an application for ethics review submitted to any relevant review bodies or a notification of personal data processing submitted to the Norwegian Agency for Shared Services in Education and Research (SIKT)
  • A complete draft report submitted to the academic and host supervisors a minimum of 21 days before the final assignment deadline

More info about the assignment

The term paper will consist of a research project report between 3600 and 4400 words.

  • The report should include content from the research proposal and the literature review completed as a final assignment for the "GENI Research Methods and Indigenous Research Ethics" course. New material should therefore make up only about half of the final report (approximately 2000 words).
  • The final submission should address comments and suggestions made by academic and host supervisors to the draft, submitted as part of the obligatory course work.

Re-sit examination

A resit exam is arranged for students who have not passed the last ordinary exam in this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Nettbasert | Annet |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: IND-3013
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