Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that students are able to prove basic knowledge in research methods that are relevant to the area of occupational therapy and can apply basic research methods in studies.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
- know and understand basic research concepts, designs, data collection and data analyze methods with both quantitative and qualitative research approaches and relevance to the research and developmental work within the area of occupational therapy.
- read, analyze and critically review research articles, reports and thesis in Swedish, Finnish and English within the area of occupational therapy.
- understand basic principles in research ethics.

Course contents

Research process.
Quantitative and qualitative research designs.
Questionnaire, interview and observation as data collection methods.
Content analyze.
Research ethics.
Critical review of scientific articles, reports and thesis.
Information retrieval.
Scientific writing.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic course in occupational therapy

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 samhällsvetenskeplig metod för hälsovård och socialt arbete. Studentlitteratur.
Jokivuori,P. Hietala, R. 2007. Määrällisiä tarinoita - monimuuttujamenetelmien käyttö ja tulkinta. WSOY
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

  • Exams
  • Reports and productions


  • Arola Annikki
  • Haldin Denice
  • Sved Ann-Christine


Arola Annikki

Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

Until date 2010-04-12

The timetable of the course

Meddelas senare

Assessment methods

  • 2009-10-29 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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