Research methods in Information Systems 7.5 credits

Forskningsmetoder inom informationssystem
First cycle, D0023E
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2016

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 21 Feb 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Systems Science
Subject group (SCB)
Informatics/Computer and Systems Sciences
Main field of study
Social Informatics, Information Systems Sciences

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic knowledge of systems sciences or social informatics.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

After a successfully completed course the student should:
  -               Be aware of varying research orientations and research methods in the field of information systems 
-               Show ability to argue for selection of a relevant research method in relation to his or her own research
                  and/or development project 
-               Show ability to report a realistic, small-scale research proposal and plan
-               Be able to reflect on consequences of choosing alternative research approaches  


  What is research, and how does knowledge generation through research differ from other knowledge sharing and generation processes? 

-          Formulating a research problem / question  
-          Planning for research  
-          Design, development, and innovation processes as opportunities for research  
-          Design Research and Action Design Research  
-          Data collection and analysis techniques; Qualitative vs Quantitative data  
-          Selection of appropriate research methods and techniques for a research question  
-          Managing a research process  
-          Reporting and communicating research 


Teaching 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 utilizes a problem-based learning approach applying the theoretical knowledge of research methods on the student’s own research / development idea. The project can be conducted individually or in a small group.  Moreover, students will execute critical analysis and reflections on conducted assignments. 

Teaching is in English and conducted in the campus and/or on-line with no compulsory meetings. IT support: Learning management system, on-line access to lectures, e-mail, and phone. 


Students will be assessed through written reports and an oral presentation of the project work in a seminar. Assignments and projects involve the student to apply knowledge of the research methods and approaches introduced in the lectures to a student’s own research/development problem, including such research approaches as design research, qualitative research, case studies, and quantitative research and research methods related to themIn the project, a student develops and presents a research/development proposal based on his/hers 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. 

Diana Chroneer

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Title:Hur genomför man undersökningar?
Author: D.I Jacobsen
Publisher: Studentlitteratur, 2017

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Individual assignmentU G VG *4.50MandatoryA19
0004ProjectU G VG *3.00MandatoryA19