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Knowledge, Ability and Skills
At the conclusion of the master's program, a student shall have achieved the following benchmarks, in addition to those acquired at the previous level of study:
1. Knowledge and Understanding
1.1 The student has broadened and deepened his/her knowledge of a specialized field of research within gerontology and has a systematic understanding of the most recent knowledge in the field, including the research methods applied in it.
1.2 The student has gained a deeper knowledge of the practical uses of gerontology work in the appropriate field.
1.3 The student is familiar with the main academic work and theories useful in his/her area of expertise.
1.4 The student can utilize his/her knowledge and understanding in professional work in his/her field.
1.5 The student has acquired the skills to debate his/her research and its relations with the basis of knowledge and theories in the field.
1.6 The student has acquired the skills to present a written survey of research related to his/her field of study.
2. Practical Skills and Ability
2.1 The student can write a research proposal and grant application.
2.2 The student can compile and develop appropriate methods in gerontology in order to answer research questions in his/her area of concentration.
2.3 The student can describe and explain the presumptions and limits of the main methods employed in gerontology.
2.4 The student has mastered the use of qualitative and quantitative methods used in gerontology research.
2.5 The student can work in a team with others and contribute to the organization and implementation of gerontology research.
2.6 The student has demonstrated that s/he can keep detailed records of his/her research.
2.7 The student can apply the appropriate statistical methods in his/her research.
2.8 The student has the ability to publish in writing an overview of research related to his/her field of research.
2.9 The student can write scientific abstracts, articles, and reports.
3. Theoretical Ability
3.1 The student can independently and professionally define a research subject, put forth research questions and hypotheses.
3.2 The student can put forth new hypotheses relating to his/her research subject.
3.3 The student can define and describe what good organization entails.
3.4 The student has acquired an additional and deeper understanding of his/her area of concentration than what the first level entailed.
4. Communication Skills and Information Literacy
4.1 The student can organize his/her work and working hours and work according to plans, work professionally with superiors and colleagues, organize his/her career, and realize opportunities for employment and research.
4.2 The student demonstrates skill in using information technology, including the use of databases, and statistical packages, and can utilize information on the internet and elsewhere.
4.3 The student can use statistics to analyze research data and explain the statistical methods used in gerontology.
4.4 The student can take the initiative in research and development projects within his/her area of concentration, conduct independent research, and be responsible for the work of individuals and groups.
5. General Learning Skills
5.1 The student has developed the necessary learning skills and independent work methods to be able to continue his/her academic studies, maintain his/her knowledge and add to it. S/he is academically prepared to commence doctoral studies.
Nordic Master's Programme in Gerontology