Graduate School

Methodology of research work

This course is part of the programme:
Karstology (Third Level)

Objectives and competences

  • Students are introduced to the basic principles and practices in research work
  • Learn the basic research techniques and methods that are commonly used in karstology
  • Learn the basic principles on how to prepare and carry out experimental work, analysis and interpretation of the results and the basics of research results presentation
  • Students are be capable of independent assessment of literature and sources.



Content (Syllabus outline)

The basic aims and objectives of the course are to introduce students to the procedures and methods of scientific research as well as to basic research techniques and methods that are commonly used in karstology.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Educating graduate students and young researchers to perfect the practical skills needed for a successful research career
  • Rrecommendations on how to choose a research topic; the ethics of research; using scientific literature; perfecting oral and written communication; writing and publishing papers; etc.
  • Introduction to research methods frequently applied in karst hydrogeology and geomorphology


  • Ford, D.C. & P. Williams, 2007. Karst Hydrogeology and Geomorphology. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 562 pp
  • Gillieson, D., 1996: Caves: processes, development and management.- Blackwell Publishers, Oxford & Cambridge, 324 pp.
  • Goldscheider, N. & D. Drew, 2007: Methods in Karst Hydrogeology.- International Contributions to Hydrogeology, Taylor & Francis, London, 276 pp.
  • Scott, M. & B. Whitener, 2006: Speaking about Science: A Manual for Creating Clear Presentations. Cambridge University Press
  • Sneider, R. & K. Larner, 2009: The Art of Being a Scientist: A Guide for Graduate Students and their Mentors. Cambridge University Press
  • White, W.B., 1988: Geomorphology and hydrology of karst terrains.- Oxford University Press, New York, ix, 464 pp.


Oral examination 100%.

Lecturer's references

Adjunct professor of Karstology.


University course code: 3KR002

Year of study: 1

Semester: 1

Course principal:




  • Lectures: 50 hours
  • Seminar: 40 hours
  • Individual work: 90 hours

Course type: compulsory

Languages: slovene, english

Learning and teaching methods:
• the content of the course is presented at lectures, diversified with modern didactic grips • seminars take place at the same time with lectures and they are being related to individual thematic assemblies of lectures • students individually present problems connected with their research theme, that are beeing analysed commonly by their classmates• discussion of preparing and publishing research articles on the selected topics.