Physiotherapy: Scientific methodology, scientific and professional development 7.5 credits

Fysioterapi: Vetenskaplig metod, ämnes- och professionsutveckling
First cycle, S0094H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 29 Jun 2014

Last revised
by 29 Nov 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment
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 General entry requirements as well as knowledge of basic concepts in physiotherapy and in scientific theory and methodology, and in physiotherapeutic assessment, intervention and interaction (S0083H, S0084H, S0085H, S0080H, S0081H, S0082H, S0089H or the equivalent) or physiotherapy degree.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
On completion of the course, the student should, from a scientific perspective given current laws and regulations, and with a research-ethics perspective, be able to:
  1. Describe and compare different scientific theoretical perspectives based on physiotherapy research.
  2. Explain and describe basic research-ethics concepts and research-ethics legislation
  3. Describe and compare research and development in physiotherapy.
  4. Explain and relate to methods for collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and apply content analysis and descriptive statistical analysis.
  5. Suggest and develop in writing an issue relevant to the subject physiotherapy and choose the relevant scientific approach and data collection method.
  6. Assess his/her own knowledge development needs in the area of physiotherapy

The course contains studies of scientific work in physiotherapy with quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  • scientific theoretical perspectives, research methodology and improvement and development in physiotherapy
  • research ethics
  • scientific evidence and its relation to the practice of physiotherapy
  • methods for collection of quantitative data and descriptive quantitative analysis.
  • methods for qualitative research interviews and analysis and application of content analysis
  • methods for questionnaire studies and literature studies
  • writing a project plan to investigate an issue or problem in physiotherapy
  • self-assessment of the need for knowledge and skills development in the subject

This course deepens previous knowledge of scientific approaches and methods for data collection, analysis and valuation relevant to physiotherapy. Research-ethics legislation and practice are highlighted, likewise a current description of physiotherapy as a research discipline and field for development and improvement work. The studies take place through the course literature, laboratory sessions and study assignments and lectures. In the statistics laboratory sessions, the computer program Excel ® is used. Facts, concepts and methods are presented through lectures and the reading list, and then discussed and applied in exercises and written assignments. Through production of a plan for the advanced assignment, the student practices formulating a problem in the subject physiotherapy, comparing and choosing different method approaches and applying a research-ethics argument. By evaluating and discussing knowledge, skills and judgement in seminars, the student practices self-assessment of the need for continued knowledge development. In all tuition forms, the student is stimulated and encouraged to carry out problem-solving and to have a critical reflective attitude.

  • Objectives 1-4 are examined through an individual assignment
  • Objectives 5-6 are examined through written report with seminar

The course is equal to S0072H. Study supervision is provided in the course room in Canvas.

Irene Vikman

Transition terms
The course S0094H is equal to S0072H

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Backman, J.(2016) Rapporter och uppsatser. Studentlitteratur. Lund
Olsson H & Sörensen S (2011) Forskningsprocessen. Liber
Granskär, M. & Höglund-Nielsen, B. (2008) Tillämpad kvalitativ forskning inom hälso-och sjukvård. Studentlitteratur AB. Lund.

Scientific articles and copied material to be added

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Assignment report - Qualitative and Quantitaive methodU G VG *4.50MandatoryA19
0005Seminar assignment - ArticleU G#3.00MandatoryA19