The course takes place in period

  • 3 (2022-01-01 to 2022-03-13)
  • 4 (2022-03-14 to 2022-07-31)


General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

At the end of the course the student is expected
to be able to
- Understand the basics of theory of science and
the research process, specifically why and how
various research designs are used in Nursing
research. (Knowledge)
- Demonstrate an ability to implement and
critically evaluate research designs and their
use within nursing research. (Skills)
- Apply scientific literature in your own work as
well as use it as reference material in your own
knowledge development work (thesis). (Skills)
- Justify for research methodology choices in
relation to the chosen thesis topic (Skills)
- Understand, consider, apply and promote
research ethics as well as comply with ethically
sustainable research practices. (Knowledge and
- Foster a positive attitude towards sustaining a
life-long scientific based learning approach.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected
- Read, understand and critically review
scientific literature.
- Search, manage and critically evaluate academic
articles and research in your own professional
field (Nursing).
- Know and understand the basic concepts relating
to quantitative and qualitative research design
and data, as well as understand how and when they
can be used.
- Know and understand the relevance of Design,
Data collection, Data analysis in the field of
research and in the development of working life
(within the Nursing profession).
- Apply a relevant research design in a thesis,
with application of suitable data collection and
analysis methods.
- Can report and critically argue in writing and
have mastered the technique of referencing.
- Apply principles of research ethics

Course contents

Theory of science basics recap
The research process
Identifying research topics
Research designs
Data collection and implementation
Data analysis and critical reflection
Data presentation and communication
Research ethics

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Evidence Based Care course
Patient safety

Recommended or required reading

A recommended reading list will be published

Handouts given during lectures and material on

Jansson, R. 2013. English for scientific
research. A practical guide to good science
writing. Lund, Studentlitteratur

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 170 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 60 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 270 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 270 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment requirements

Analyses of the research process with help of
research articles and ending up in plan for thesis.
Written examination


  • Eronen Lotta
  • Gray Pamela
  • Mannevaara Pauleen
  • Paakkonen Heikki
  • Sjölund Terese


Gray Pamela

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Course enrolment period

2021-12-24 to 2022-01-20

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