Research Project Planning
2014-2015 - IMT4601 - 5 ECTS


IMT4421 Scientific Methodology or
IMT4192 Research and Scientific Methods in HCI

Expected learning outcomes

The Pre-project shall prepare the students to complete their master thesis on time, and with the expected quality.

The course contributes towards the following learning outcomes:


  • Possesses advanced knowledge within the area covered by the Master Programme.
  • Possesses specialized insight and good understanding of the research frontier in a selected part of the topic covered by the Master Programme.
  • Possesses thorough knowledge of professional, scientific and academic theory and methodology of relevance to the topics covered by the  Master Programme.
  • Is able to apply the knowledge and understanding from the topics covered by the Master Programme to new and unfamiliar settings.


  • Is able to handle theoretical issues, and solve complex practical problems, independently in the area covered by the Master Programme.
  • Is able to use relevant and suitable methods when carrying out research and development activities in the area covered by the Master Programme.
  • Is able to critically review relevant literature when solving new or complex problems and is able to integrate the findings into the proposed solution.
  • Is able to plan and complete an independent and limited research or development project with guidance and in adherence to research ethics.

General competence

  • Is able to analyze relevant ethical issues (technological, professional, academic and scientific)

Having completed the course, the students should have acquired:

  • An understanding of academic writing style and documentation structure.
  • The ability to formulate a research problem and research questions.
  • An understanding of ethical issues in research.


  1. Problem description and choice of methods
  2. Identifying, collecting and structuring published research results relevant for the project. Use of library resources
  3. Project planning

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

There are no lectures in the spring semester.

Form(s) of Assessment

Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

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

Problem description must be approved by the Study Programme Coordinator (for the Master Programme), and must demonstrate that the work to be done is within the scope of the Master Programme.  The final report must also be within the scope of the Master Programme.

Grading Scale

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

External/internal examiner

Internal examiner will assess the mid term report. The supervisor is required to provide input to the mid term assessment process. External and internal examiner on the final report.

Re-sit examination

The whole course must be repeated.

Additional information

Replacement course for IMT5371 Research Planning and Advanced Project Work for Master in Interaction Design from 2013 in combination with IMT4192 Research and Scientific Methods in HCI.