Quality in Academic Research
2013-2014 - IMT6251 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The course will prepare the candidate to take active part and contribute in the quality assurance process in the academic community. 

The course contributes towards the following learning outcomes:


  • An understanding of what processes are used, the threats that is facing these processes and techniques for mitigating these threats.


  • The student is able to utilize his knowledge e.g. by producing high quality reviews.

General competence

  • An understanding of academic writing style and documentation structure.
  • An understanding of typical problem areas in relation to quality in academic research.
  • An understanding of limitations relating to quality assurance as practiced in the academic community.


  • Quality assurance processes and metrics in academic research.
  • Incentives in academic research, e.g. citation index.
  • The organization of academic conferences.
  • Use of conference management systems (e.g. easychair).
  • Paper review and evaluation criteria.

Teaching Methods

Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

  • Tutoring
  • Project work
  • Meeting(s)/Seminar(s)

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Evaluation of Project(s), seminar participation, term papers.

Each student must hand in his/her own individual report/term paper.

Grading Scale


External/internal examiner

Internal Examiner

Re-sit examination

Whole course must be re-taken.

Examination support


Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

Books and papers e.g.

Irene Hames. Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals: Guidelines for Good Practice. Wiley-Blackwell. 2007