General studies

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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 be able to: - 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 research process Theory of science The literature review and it´s importance Designs in qualitative and quantitative research Participation oriented designs Questionnaires, interviews and observation studies Systematic literature studies Standardized measurement methods in the profile areas of DHV Contentanalysis Research ethics Information retrieval and - analysis Critical reveiw of scientific articles, reports and essays Statistics

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Patient safety and evidence based care

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Additional information

The course requires active participation in the groupwork and the submission of exercises are due to It's learning. Participation in the seminar is mandatory.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 44 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 70 hours
  • Practical exercises - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 80 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 50 hours
  • Seminars - 6 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 methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio


  • Forss Mia
  • Gray Pamela
  • Hagström Sarah
  • Haldin Denice
  • Jeglinsky-Kankainen Ira
  • Kukkonen Göta
  • Paakkonen Heikki
  • Piippo Jukka
  • Sigfrids Ingmar
  • Stenbäck Pernilla
  • Villikka Denise
  • Wallinvirta Eivor
  • Wikström-Grotell Camilla


Stenbäck Pernilla

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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 - Reports and productions

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