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Design and analyses of intervention studies 7.5 Credits

Design och analys för interventionsstudier
Second cycle, S7037H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2016 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

Entry requirements

Bachelor or degree in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, health sciences of 180 credits or equivalent. Course in quantitative and qualitative methodology at advanced level.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

After completing the course, students must be able to:

  • 1) Explain different intervention designs and argue for the potential, limitations and role in research of different intervention designs.
  • 2) Evaluate and critically examine intervention designs in relation to applied studies in health sciences
  • 3) Apply, select, discuss and evaluate methods for the quantitative analysis of issues in health sciences
  • 4) Demonstrate the ability to assess and argue for ethical aspects in relation to different intervention designs
  • 5) Design an intervention study in health sciences that demonstrates the ability to critically and independently formulate research questions and, using suitable methods and ethical consideration, plan how to carry out an intervention study that contributes to further knowledge  

  • Guidelines and designs for interventions regarding people's function, activity, participation and health
  • Case studies with both descriptive and experimental designs
  • Quantitative research designs
  • Normal statistical inferential and non-inferential analysis methods, including multiple analyses and single system analyses
  • Sampling and power calculations
  • Ethics, validity, reliability and generalisability for intervention study design  


The pedagogical basis of the course is the knowledge-building approach. This method of working means that students actively seek and solve problems by means of an exploratory and critically reflective approach. Teaching will be in the form of seminars on study tasks, lab work and recorded lectures and demonstrations.

The course is given through distance education and requires Microsoft Excel and SPSS software as well as internet access with audio and video communication. 


To gain a pass, students must achieve the goals of the course through the following examination tasks:

  • Goals one to three are assessed continuously through the submission of assignments that are graded, together with a final individual examination (test 0001)
  • Goals four to five are assessed through an individual written assignment (test 0002).

Grade criteria for G and VG are specified in the Study Guide 


This course is given for second-cycle studies. 

Lars Nyberg

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
• Dawson B, Trapp RG. Basic & clinical biostatistics, 4th ed. New York :Lange Medical Books/McGraw-Hill, 2004. ISSN:1045-5523.
• Yin, R.K. (2013). Case study research. Design and methods. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

A list of international guidelines, articles and other supplementary material is found in the Study Guide. Students are also expected to search for articles in their own subject area in connection with the course

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

0001Written assignment and seminars5.0U G#
0002Individual written assignment2.5U G VG

Syllabus established

Last revised
by 12 Feb 2016