The course takes place in period

  • 3 (2021-01-01 to 2021-03-21)
  • 4 (2021-03-22 to 2021-07-31)


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Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to - Understand the basics of theory of science and the research process, specifically why and how various research designs are used in Nursing research. (Knowledge) - Demonstrate an ability to implement and critically evaluate research designs and their use within nursing research. (Skills) - Apply scientific literature in your own work as well as use it as reference material in your own knowledge development work (thesis). (Skills) - Justify for research methodology choices in relation to the chosen thesis topic (Skills) - Understand, consider, apply and promote research ethics as well as comply with ethically sustainable research practices. (Knowledge and Skills) - Foster a positive attitude towards sustaining a life-long scientific based learning approach. (Attitude)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to - Read, understand and critically review scientific literature. - Search, manage and critically evaluate academic articles and research in your own professional field (Nursing). - Know and understand the basic concepts relating to quantitative and qualitative research design and data, as well as understand how and when they can be used. - Know and understand the relevance of Design, Data collection, Data analysis in the field of research and in the development of working life (within the Nursing profession). - Apply a relevant research design in a thesis, with application of suitable data collection and analysis methods. - Can report and critically argue in writing and have mastered the technique of referencing. - Apply principles of research ethics

Course contents

Theory of science basics recap The research process Identifying research topics Research designs Data collection and implementation Data analysis and critical reflection Data presentation and communication Research ethics

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Evidence Based Care course Patient safety

Recommended or required reading

A recommended reading list will be published later Handouts given during lectures and material on ItsLearning Jansson, R. 2013. English for scientific research. A practical guide to good science writing. Lund, Studentlitteratur

Study activities

  • Lectures - 60 hours
  • Small-group work - 60 hours
  • Individual studies - 100 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

Multiform education

Assessment requirements

Analyses of the research process with help of research articles and ending up in plan for thesis. Written examination Quizzes


  • Gray Pamela
  • Hagström Sarah
  • Kielo Emilia
  • Paakkonen Heikki
  • Ribeiro Nobre Nuno Miguel


Gray Pamela

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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Course enrolment period

2020-12-24 to 2021-01-20

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