Professional studies

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Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that the student has basic knowledge in research methods and is able to apply these.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to on a basic level
- show knowledge and understanding of methodological concepts in science, designs, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyze methods
- read, analyze and critically examine scientific articles, reports and essays published in Swedish, Finnish and English.
- apply current research results in studies, practical training and thesis
- show knowledge of research ethical principles

Course contents

- The research process
- Designs in quantitative and qualitative research
- Questionnaire, interview and observation as data collection methods
- Statistics
- Content analysis
- Research ethics
- Critical review of scientific articles, reports and essays
- Data collection and analysis
- Scientific writing

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Knowledge of Theory

Previous course names


Additional information


Recommended or required reading

Backman, J. 1998. Rapporter och uppsatser. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
DePoy, E. 1999. Forskning: en introduktion. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Jacobsen, D.2007. Förståelse, beskrivning och förklaring. Introduktion till samhällsvetenskaplig metod för hälsovård och socialt arbete. Studentlitteratur.
Kvale, S. 1997. Den kvalitativa forskningsintervjun. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 71 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 12 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 50 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 83 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods



  • Kukkonen Göta
  • Sved Ann-Christine
  • Wikström-Grotell Camilla


Kukkonen Göta

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

2008-10-29 - Exams

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