Professional studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

Basic competence in knowledge building
Information competence
Competence in research ethics
Critical approach perspective to information

Learning outcomes

Explain some central for science and research
relevant concepts (theory, empirical research,
data collection, source critique, citation,
plagiarism, etc) (knowledge)

Describe in broad terms how scientific research is
conducted and how the scientific community
operates (knowledge)

Explain what the role of theory is in knowledge
building and discuss different types of data and
different ways to collect data (knowledge)

Explain how a scientific report/academic text is
structured so that you are able to read and write
similar texts, such as a thesis, yourself

Use relevant databases to find scientific
knowledge within your own professional field and
use referencing tools (skill)

Explain why plagiarism is theft and be able to
discuss ethical aspects of research (attitude)

Develop a critical approach to different
information sources (attitude)

Demonstrate that you have rudimentary knowledge of
different ontologies and epistemologies (attitude)

Course contents

- Theories of knowledge and science
- Theories on business administration
- The practice of research
- The craft of reviewing literature

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No prior knowledge required.

Previous course names

Communication and Public Speaking

Additional information

Detailed information will be given in advance on itslearning, and during the compulsory intro lecture.

Recommended or required reading

Course literature will be based on openly available texts.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Teamwork and individual studies 115 hours - 115 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

Individual and team-based, written assignments.

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student needs 50% of the
total points.


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Until date 2023-03-01

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