General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

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

Research process Theory of science Systematic Literature review Designs in qualitative and quantitative research Standardized methods in health and welfare Content analyze Ethics Information Retrieval Critical review of articles Statistics: normal distribution, confidence intervals, cross-table analysis, correlation analysis, correlation coefficient, T-test

Prerequisites and co-requisites

90 ECTS credits completed

Previous course names

Methods and Epistemology

Additional information

Compulsory presence at group work sessions.

Recommended or required reading

Jakobsen, D.I. 2007. Förståelse, beskrivning och förklaring - Introduktion till samhällsvetensakplig metod för hälsovård och socialt arbete. Studentlitteratur, Lund Referenslitteratur: Backman, J. 1998. Rapporter och uppsatser. Lund: Studentlitteratur. DePoy, E. 1999. Forskning: en introduktion. Lund: Studentlitteratur. Forsberg-Wengström. 2008. Att göra systematiska litteraturstudier. Stockholm ; Natur och Kultur Brinkmann, S. & Kvale, S. 2009. Den kvalitativa forskningsintervjun. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 60 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 60 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 80 hours
  • Individual studies - 66 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 266 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 266 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams

Assessment requirements

Approved written examination and active participation in PBL group work


  • Arola Annikki
  • Haldin Denice


Arola Annikki

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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2015-02-28

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations

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