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

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

Reasearche process Theory of knowledge Litterature review and its significance Designs of researche (quantitative and qualitative) Participant oriented design Survey, interview and observationstudies Systematic litterature study Standard measurment methods in the profile areas of the institution of health and wellfare. Content analysis Information search and editing Critical analysis of researche articles, reports and essays Statistics and related values

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Recommended or required reading

Jakobsen, D.I. 2007. Förståelse, beskrivning och förklaring- Introduktion till samhällsvetenskaplig 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 forskningintervjun. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 0 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 0 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 0 hours
  • Individual studies - 0 hours


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Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Statistics webcourse


  • Pullinen Katri
  • Wiik Mikaela


Wiik Mikaela

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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2013-10-18 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Other assignments

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