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Design and Application of Scientific Methodology 7.5 Credits

Design och tillämpning av vetenskaplig metodik
Second cycle, S7022H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2015 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

Entry requirements

Professional qualification in physiotherapy consisting of 180 credits or the equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The student should, on completion of the course, show advanced methodological knowledge in scientific work in the subject physiotherapy and be able to:
  1. Formulate and design subject-specific scientific issues for physiotherapy and method choices with a quantitative approach.
  2. Critically review and evaluate physiotherapeutic quantitative empirical studies.
  3. Apply, carry out, critically evaluate and argue for quantitative research approaches and statistical methods in research in the subject physiotherapy.
  4. Critically review and evaluate qualitative empirical studies in physiotherapy
  5. Formulate subject-specific scientific issues for physiotherapy with a qualitative approach
  6. Analyse qualitative data by comparing, seeing relationships and critically processing data
  7. In writing argue, relate and discuss qualitative research approaches in relation to the subject physiotherapy.
  8. Discuss the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used

Quantitative and qualitative research design and basic quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methodology in the subject physiotherapy including basic statistical inference analysis Review and evaluation of how quantitative and qualitative methods are applied within research in the subject physiotherapy in the form of analysis of scientific articles. Research ethics and research ethics legislation.

The course has its educational basis in a knowledge-building working method. This working method is characterised by the student actively searching for and solving problems through an examining and critically reflective working method. Learning takes place in scheduled lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions and the solving of study assignments related to reading list, course material and individually-searched materials. Software for statistical analysis will be used.

For the grade pass, it is required that the student achieve the course objectives through the following examination parts:
  • Objectives 1-3 are examined through individual examination
  • Objectives 4-7 are examined through written assignment
  • Objective 8 is examined through written assignment
Grading criteria for pass and pass with distinction are stated in the study guide.

This course is given for second-cycle studies. Study supervision is provided in the course room in Fronter.

Lars Nyberg

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Carter, R Ed (2011). Rehabilitation Research Principles And Applications. Elsevier Health Sciences , ISBN: 9781437708400
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

0001Individual exam3.5U G VG
0002Assignment report3.5U G VG
0003Assignment report0.5U G VG

Syllabus established
by 18 Feb 2013

Last revised
by 12 Feb 2015