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Nursing: Scientific methodology I 7.5 credits

Omvårdnad: Vetenskaplig metod I
First cycle, O0094H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Nursing Science
Main field of study

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 O0092H Fundamental principles in nursing M0094H Fundamental in Medical Science O0093H Health promotion in care and nursing care

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The overall course objective is that the student will acquire knowledge of the scientific basis for the main subject of nursing. After completing the course, the student will be able to describe the importance of nursing research from the patient’s, relatives’, profession’s, organisation’s and social perspective. In addition, the student will be able to assess and reflect on the various forms of knowledge and formulate and answer a scientific question based on identified nursing needs in clinical activities and, accordingly, give examples of development work in accordance with evidence-based methods. 

Knowledge and understanding

After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- describe and explain the relevant scientific theories for nursing research
- describe various forms of knowledge, with a focus on evidence-based knowledge, and justify its importance for nursing
- describe the connection between the research question and scientific design
Skills and abilities  

After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- formulate and motivate scientific question based in accordance with evidence-based methods
- apply principles of academic writing regarding language, rules and reference handling


Judgement and approach
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- describe research ethics principles and critically reflect on their importance
- evaluate and assess the quality of research studies


Scientific theory
Research process
Evidence-based methods
Quantitative method
Qualitative method
Quality review
Research ethics
Development work
Academic writing

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course component is carried out using integrated forms of work that support the student’s understanding, in-depth learning and independence. This is done by searching for knowledge, problem-solving and critical reflection based on the course objectives. Student learning is supported by lectures,laboratory experiments, individual and group study assignments and seminars.
Participation in and performance of laboratory experiments, seminars and study assignments are mandatory.

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.
A three-grade scale is used; pass with credit, pass or failed. The course objectives are examined through a written report, exam and seminar.
In order to pass the whole course, students must pass all parts and the mandatory components must be completed.

Passing this course is a special entry requirement for courses involving a placement and degree project.

Transition terms
The programme syllabus is valid from autumn semester 2018 for those students who will then be accepted on the course. The faculty programme director and heads of subjects decide on individual study plans for students who were accepted on previous programme syllabuses and who, following approved leave from studies, resume their studies in accordance with the current programme syllabus.

If a course has ceased to exist or has undergone major changes, in the first year after the change has occurred students must be offered two opportunities to take the exam and then one more each year for a further two years, based on the course syllabus that was valid at the time of registration.

Birgitta Lindberg

Literature. Valid from Spring 2019 Sp 3
Edberg, A-K., & Wijk, H. (Red.). (Senaste uppl.). Omvårdnadens grunder: Hälsa och ohälsa. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Ehrenberg, A., & Wallin, L. (Red.). (Senaste uppl.). Omvårdnadens grunder: Ansvar och utveckling. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Friberg, F., & Öhlen, J. (Red.). (Senaste uppl.). Omvårdnadens grunder: Perspektiv och förhållningssätt. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Henricson, M. (Red.). (Senaste uppl.). Vetenskaplig teori och metod: Från idé till examination inom omvårdnad. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Sandman, L., & Kjellström, S. (Senaste uppl.). Etikboken: Etik för vårdande yrken. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Statens beredning för medicinsk och social utvärdering [Elektronisk resurs]. Utvärdering av metoder i hälso- och sjukvården: en handbok. Stockholm: Statens beredning för medicinsk utvärdering (SBU). Hämtad från

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written assignmentU G VG *1.50MandatoryS19
0002LaborationU G#1.00MandatoryS19
0003SeminarU G#1.50MandatoryS19
0004Written reportU G VG *3.50MandatoryS19

Syllabus established
by 15 Feb 2018

Last revised
by Anna Öqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Health, Education and Technology 14 Feb 2022