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

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
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
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
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


Backman, J. 1998. Rapporter och uppsatser. Lund:

DePoy, E. 1999. Forskning: en introduktion. Lund:
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

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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