Scientific Methodology
2011-2012 - IMT4421 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes


  • have deep knowledge about central questions within the theory of science
  • be able to analyze central topics within the theory of science
  • know central terminology for scientific work


  • be able to suggest a topic of investigation within science
  • independently be able to make a plan of how to carry out a scientific work
  • competence to search for academic publications using central databases
  • facilitate and analyze data from science projects

General knowledge

  • competence to read and analyze scientific publications
  • be able to report results from scientific projects, including projects carried out by the student herself
  • have developed a clear ethical attitude in relation to how scientific methodology is used


  • Introduction to the theory of science
  • Characteristics of good research
  • Research ethics
  • Research as a means of systematic progress
  • Quantitative and qualitative research designs
  • Characteristics of good research topics and how to create one
  • Literature studies
  • Choice of methods, including planning and how to carry out and analyze experiments/studies
  • Use of research databases for problem solving
  • Data analysis and statistics

Teaching Methods

Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be offered both as an ordinary campus course and as a course that is offered in a flexible way to off-campus students. Lecture notes, e-lectures and other types of e-learning material will be offered through an Fronter. Communication between the teachers and the students, and among the students, will be facilitated by the Fronter.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 3 hours

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

External and internal examiner.

Re-sit examination

Ordinary re-sit examnination.

Examination support

English dictionary.

Coursework Requirements


Participation in project work

Teaching Materials


  •  Leedy, P D, and Ormrod, J E: "Practical Research, -Planning and design, 9th ed."Pearsopn Educational Int. ISBN-10: 0131365665
  •  Additional handouts and material made available on Fronter.