Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to introduce theoretical
perspectives and concepts in research on health
and social services in order to help students to
understand the importance of scientific reasoning.
To discuss ethical guidelines and good ethical
conduct in written works. To evaluate why/how
various interventions and research methods are
appropriately chosen and used, and to see examples
of the application of the scientific research
process and to help students understand and
evaluate different methods for gaining knowledge
and writing a thesis work

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected
to be able to:
- formulate appropriate research questions in
their own field of expertise
- understand the main differences in a qualitative
and a quantitative research approach
- understand and apply the steps of a research
process to their own thesis work
- follow ethical guidelines and good ethical
conduct in written works
-is expected to be able to to choose methods for
and under supervision do his/her thesi

Course contents

The philosophy, theory and practice of research,
paradigms and perspectives. The scope of research
and the research process. Ethical guidelines and
principles and framework for good ethical conduct.
Working with texts (content analysis), designing
questionnaires, interviews.
Developing practice by
action research,critical incident- and case

Previous course names

Research studies I

Recommended or required reading

Griffiths, F.(2009) Research Methods for Health
Care Practice. Sage: London.
Kumar Ranjit. (2005) Research Methodology (2
ed.)Sage: London
Silverman, David (2010) Doing Qualitative Research
(3 ed) Sage: California

Hakala, Juha T. 2000.Creative thesis writing : a
guide to development and research work .Helsinki :

Polit, Denise F. 2001. 5 th ed. Essentials of
nursing research : methods, appraisals, and
utilization / Denise F. Polit, Cheryl Tatano Beck,
Bernadette P. Hungler. Philadelphia : Lippincott-

Declaration of Helsinki 2004 (online)

Study activities

  • Lectures - 35 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 5 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 53 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

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

Assessment requirements

4 individual papers 50%
Individual presentation in class 50 %

Presence in class is mandatory, more than 20%
absence means automatically failing this course.


  • Gustavson Mia
  • Stenberg Taina


Gustavson Maria

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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