Course code Peda6043

Credit points 10

Master Thesis IV

Total Hours in Course400

Independent study hours400

Date of course confirmation20.04.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Mechanics and Design

Course developer

author lect.

Inita Soika

Mg. paed.

Prior knowledge

Peda5025, Career Development Theories

Peda5027, Methodology of Scientific Research I

Peda5034, Methodology of Scientific Research II

Peda6005, Solving Problems of Education

Peda6021, Social Integration and Intercultural Aspects

Peda6022, Professional Ethics of Career Consellor

Peda6036, Career Service Management

Peda6038, Master Thesis I

Peda6039, Master Thesis II

Peda6041, Master Thesis III

Peda6046, Employment and Job Searching I

Peda6047, Employment and Job Searching II

PedaP078, Research Practice

PedaP117, Counselling

Psih5008, Communication Theories in Counselling

Psih6009, Human Life Cycles

VadZ6025, Systems of Education and European Union

Course abstract

Master's Thesis is a research work of a scientific nature, which testifies theoretical and practical preparedness of a Master's student to perform career counsellor’s duties in various institutions and enterprises in accordance with the requirements of the profession standard. The author of the Master's Thesis should conduct a research on the current scientific or practical problem of career counselling.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge - in-depth, structured and analytical knowledge at the level of understanding and use in the field of career guidance and counselling, according to the chosen research problem and its specificity.
Skills - is able to summarize, systematize, critically evaluate bibliographic sources, choose and use appropriate research methods. The student is able to analyze and synthesize, as well as to develop valid conclusions and real proposals. Able to approbate the results of the study.
Competences - a set of academic, systematic, analytical and instrumental competences that result in the ability to deliver a real creative and innovative contribution to the analysis and evaluation of complex and dynamic career development processes. The ability to forcefully and convincingly to present and defend the results of the study.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Realization of research (experiment, etc.).
2. Evaluation of research results.
3. Developing conclusions and recommendations.
4. Preparation and coordination of Master Thesis draft with the supervisor.
5. Consultation on draft compliance with Institute requirements.
6. Completion of Master's thesis.
7. Pre-defence.
8. Correction and delivery of the content and drawing -up of the Master's Thesis to reviewers.
9. Preparation of documentation for defence.
10. Preparation of defence speech and presentation.
11. Defending.

Requirements for awarding credit points

• The student reports to his / her supervisor on the work done during the semester.
• Test according to the requirements of Master's thesis in semester.
• Completion of Master's thesis research and referral to reviewers and state examination commission.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

• Students work independently at the Master’s Thesis completes the design and execution in accordance with the requirements of Master's Thesis.
• Preparation of Master's Thesis for pre-defence and defence.
• Compliance with all necessary requirements for document preparation and submission before defence.
• Defending of Master Thesis.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Rating: Test without a grade.
Full-time studies in 4th semester (15 ECT) and part-time studies in 5th semester (15 ECT).
Supervisor' feedback with suggestion for defence.
Two reviews.
Defended Master's Thesis on the State Examination Commission.

Compulsory reading

1. Paura L., Arhipova I. Statistiskās neparametriskās metodes. SPSS datorprogramma: mācību līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLKC, 2002. 148 lpp. 2. Briede B., Dišlere V., Katane I., Līce-Zikmane I., Pāvulēns J., Pēks L., Soika I., Vronska I. Metodiskie norādījumi maģistra darba izstrādāšanai un aizstāvēšanai. Jelgava: Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte, Izglītības un mājsaimniecības institūts. 2018. 35 lpp. 3. Geske A., Grīnfelds A. Izglītības pētniecība. Rīga: LU, 2006. 261 lpp. 4. Lasmanis A. Datu ieguves, apstrādes un analīzes metodes pedagoģijas un psiholoģijas pētījumos. 1. un 2. grāmata. Rīga: SIA Izglītības soļi, 2002. 658 lpp.

Further reading

1. Cohen L., Manion L., Morrison K. Research Methods in Education. 7th Edition. London; New York: Routledge, 2011. 784 p. 2. Greenhaus J.H., Callanan G.A. Encyclopaedia Career Development. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE, 2006– vol. 2. 3. Kristapsone S. Zinātniskā pētniecība studiju procesā. Rīga: Biznesa augstskola Turība, 2008. 4. Ядов В.А. Стратегия социологического исследования. Описание,объяснение, понимание социальной реальности. 3-е изд., испр. Москва: Омега-Л, 2007. 567 с..

Periodicals and other sources

1. A Guide to APA Referencing Style: 6th Edition. Student Success UCOL. 2017. 35 p. [Skatīts 12.12.2018.] Pieejams: 2. Scopus. [Skatīts 12.12.2018.] Pieejams: EBSCO Research Databases. [Skatīts 12.12.2018.] Pieejams:


Peda6043 Master Thesis IV