General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

You understand the meaning of the concept of knowledge, different forms of knowledge and different traditions for knowledge building. You understand the relationship between the perspectives of knowledge in different disciplines or interdisciplinary areas You have basic knowledge of the research process and of various research methods, especially about methods that have particular relevance to the own profession.You can apply scientific literature in your own work, as well as reference material in your own knowledge development.You have developed your knowhow and can participate in work- related projects and thereby contribute to knowledge development.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to on a basic level: You read, understand and are able to critically review scientific literature. You can assign forms of knowledge to different types of thesis. You can search, manage, and critically evaluate academic articles and research in your own professional field. You know and understand the basic concepts relating to quantitative and qualitative data, as well as how and when they can be used. You know and understand the concept design, data collection and analysis methods that generate both quantitative and/or qualitative data, and their relevance in the field of research and development of working life within your own profession. You can apply relevant methods in your own thesis. You have mastered the basics of collecting quantitative data, you can use of a statistics program for data analysis and you have mastered the grounds for interpreting results and reporting findings in the form of descriptive statistics. You can apply suitable collection and analysis methods for qualitative data, and account for results. You have developed an exploratory approach in order to be able to contribute to knowledge development in your professional field. You can report and critically argue in writing and you have mastered the techniques reference citations. You can apply principles of professional and research ethics in your studies.

Course contents

The process of research Theory of knowledge Literary survey Design within quantitative and qualitative research Survey, interview and observation studies Systematical litterature study The ethical view of research Information retrieval Critical examinaming of scientific articles Descriptive statistics, normal distribution Crosstabulation Correlations, T-test

Additional information

Cumpolsory tutorials and trainings.

Recommended or required reading

- Backman, J. 2008. Rapporter och uppsatser. Studentlitteratur, Lund. - Björklund, M. & Paulsson, U. 2014. Academic papers and theses: - to write and present and to act as an opponent. - Brinkmann, S. & Kvale, S. 2009. Den kvalitativa forskningsintervjun. Studentlitteratur, Lund. - DePoy, E. 1999. Forskning: en introduktion. Studentlitteratur, Lund. - Ejlertsson, G. 2014. Enkäten i praktiken: En handbok i enkätmetodik, Studentlitteratur, Lund. - Flick, U. 2011. Introducing Research Methodology. A Beginner's Guide to Doing a Research Project. USA, SAGE Publications Ltd. - Forsberg, Ch. & Wengström, Y. 2013. Att göra systematiska litteraturstudier. Natur och Kultur, Stockholm. - Granskär, M. & Höglund-Nielsen, B. 2008. Tillämpad kvalitativ forskning inom hälso- och sjukvården. Studentlitteratur, Lund. - Jakobsen, D.I. 2011. Förståelse, beskrivning och förklaring - Introduktion till samhällsvetenskaplig metod för hälsovård och socialt arbete. Studentlitteratur, Lund. - Jansson, R. 2013. English for scientific research. A practical guide to good science writing. Studentlitteratur, Lund. - Ojasalo, K., Moilanen, T. & Ritalahti, J. Kehittämistyön menetelmät – Uudenlaista osaamista liiketoimintaan. Sanoma Pro Oy, Helsinki. - Patel, R. & Davidson, B. 2015. Forskningsmetodikens grunder: att planera, genomföra och rapportera en undersökning. - Paulsson, U. 2011. Uppsatser och rapporter: med eller utan uppdragsgivare. Studentlitteratur, Lund. - Toikko, T. & Rantanen, T. 2009. Tutkimuksellinen kehittämistoiminta. Tampere University, Tampere. - Tuomi, J. & Sarajärvi, A. 2009. Laadullinen tutkimus ja sisällönanalyysi. Tammi, Helsinki. - Vilkka, H. & Airaksinen, T. 2004. Toiminnallisen opinnäytetyön ohjaajan käsikirja. Tammi, Helsinki.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 60 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 60 hours
  • Small-group work - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 60 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 50 hours


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

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)


  • Arell-Sundberg Marina
  • Arola Annikki
  • Brantberg Bettina
  • Cederberg Arla
  • Forss Mia
  • Kiukas Carina
  • Peri Heidi
  • Rosengren Åsa
  • Sigfrids Ingmar
  • Söderström Eivor
  • Werner Tove


Sigfrids Ingmar

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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2018-10-17 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Other assignments

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