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COURSE SYLLABUS

Scientific Methods 7.5 credits

Vetenskapliga metoder
Second cycle, A7006N
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject
Information Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Computer Technology
Main field of study
Information Security, Computer Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

Minimum 120 ECTS of university studies including 60 ECTS in the areas of computer science or systems science, business administration or equivalent. Students from non-English speaking countries are required proof of knowledge in English provided by TOEFL test (score 550/213 or higher), IELTS test (score 6.0 or higher) or equivalent test. Students from EU countries are required to have obtained a pass in an English language course in their upper secondary school leaving certificate.


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on 20-285 credits



Course Aim
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  •  Describe how scientific methods and their particular properties can enable or restrict information systems research.
  •  Critically evaluate research reports.
  •  Apply scientific methods to different types of research problems.
  •  Design a realistic, empirical research plan.
  •  Communicate and defend their own research proposal. 

Contents

To be able to appreciate research and its special characteristics, common research methods in the field of information systems are discussed and used in this course. Three research approaches will be explored: design-oriented research, qualitative research and quantitative research. Under these three broad themes, examples of particular research methods and techniques are introduced. The students will develop knowledge in how to design a research process from initial problem definition onwards to a meaningful research plan. Moreover, students will develop their skills in critical thinking and reflection on their learning process. 


Realization
Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course takes the form of lectures, individual work, project work, and seminars. Student learning will take place through participation in lectures, self-study, individual assignments, and a project. The course utilises a problem-based learning approach, applying the theoretical knowledge of research methods on the student’s own research idea. The project can be conducted individually or in a small group. During the course, the student will critically analyse and reflect on conducted assignments, e.g., by reviewing and commenting on other research proposals.

The individual assignments and the project target the application of knowledge of research methods and approaches introduced in the lectures to a student’s own research problem. In the project, a student develops and presents a research proposal based on his/her interest, self-study of relevant literature identified with the selected research problem, and showing perception of alternative research approaches in relation to the selected problem.

Teaching is in English and on Internet for distance students or at campus for the students living here. IT support: Learning management system (Canvas), e-mail and phone.

Canvas Learning Management System is used for delivering course material, information and submissions. Knowledge is shared and created within the course through virtual meetings with teachers and other students for discussions, supervision, teamwork and seminars. For student on campus there will be meetings on campus. 


Examination
If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

Students will be assessed through written reports and an oral presentation of the project work in a seminar. Assignments and projects target the application of knowledge of research methods and approaches introduced in the lectures to a student’s own research problem. In the project, a student develops and presents a research/development proposal based on his/her interest, self-study of relevant literature identified with the selected research/development problem, and showing perception of alternative research approaches in relation to the selected problem. 



Remarks

Technical Requirements: access to PC with Windows, microphone, Web cam, headset and permission to install software. Internet connection (minimum 0,5 Mbps).


Examiner
Diana Chroneer

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Leady, P.D., & Omrod, J.E.: Practical Research: Planning and Design. Pearson Merril Prentice Hall, 2004, Edition 9 or newer.
research Timely articles and materials of particular research methods can be introduced during the course.

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Individual assignment reportsU G VG *3.00MandatoryA16
0004Research proposal (individual or group)U G VG *4.50MandatoryA16

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL – SRT 25 Feb 2021