2017 Graduate Lecture in Science, Technology and Society S1B

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Shirabe Masashi 
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Course description and aims

In this class, the instructor give lectures about data and concepts of scientometrics and indicators. Then he illustrates methodology of scientometrics and explains how to use related software. Lastly, he gives a task to analyze "real" text data and bibliographic data.

The aims of this class is as follows.
- To learn quantitative approaches in science an technology studies.
- To have basic skills for qualitative analysis.

Student learning outcomes

(1) Understand basic concepts of scientometrics and indicators.
(2) Have basic knowledge about methodology of scientometrics.
(3) Have basic skills for executing scientometric analysis.


Scientometrics; quantitative research; text analysis

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Combination of lecture and exercises. Students are recommended to bring your own PC to the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction NA
Class 2 Indicators and evaluation of scientific activities Your original university evaluation
Class 3 Bibliographic database Searching academic documents
Class 4 Bibliographic data processing and its meaning ditto
Class 5 Analysis of citations and co-authorship: Network analysis of bibliographic data Use Pajek
Class 6 Building text corpora Build your corpus
Class 7 Text analysis: Keyword extraction and frequency analysis Install KH coder
Class 8 Text analysis: co-word analysis Co-word analysis


Not required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Hand out materials as needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Final report (100%)

Related courses

  • SHS.S441 : Graduate Lecture in Science, Technology and Society S1A
  • SHS.S443 : Graduate Lecture in Science, Technology and Society F1A
  • SHS.S444 : Graduate Lecture in Science, Technology and Society F1B

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Not required

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