Applied Scientific Methods (MPH170)

The course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed in order to apply scientific methods in their study and work, including their master thesis.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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  • Overview of research methods, aiming at understanding what method to apply for a certain research question
  • Outline and design of a research project
  • Literature search
  • Scientific writing
  • Get feedback from a fellow student (peer reviewer) on a chosen previous exam assignment
  • Rules and regulations for ethical conduct of research, incl. privacy data protection issues
  • Presentation technique

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The candidate

  • Has thorough knowledge of writing in research processes
  • Has thorough knowledge of forums and channels in which research results are published
  • Has thorough knowledge of the formal academic writing conventions
  • Has thorough understanding of the common research methods in their field


The candidate

  • Can conduct searches in literature databases and identify applicable research results
  • Can analyze and critically evaluate various information sources
  • Can write summaries using their own words
  • Can formulate scientific reports
  • Can use electronic referencing tools
  • Can carry out objective and constructive peer reviews on written work
  • Can identify the research method used in a scientific text
  • Can explain the application of a research method in a research project
  • Can discuss and compare research approaches in the domain of quantitative or qualitative methods

General competence

The candidate

  • Can identify research fraud and plagiarism
  • Has a thorough knowledge of responsibility for author and co-authorship in accordance with the Vancouver Convention

Required prerequisite knowledge

MPH100 Quantitative Research Methods

Recommended prerequisites

MPH105 Qualitative Research Methods


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam 1/1 14 Days Letter grades

The assessment in the course is a 14-day home exam.

Coursework requirements

Oral presentation, Written assignment, 80% Attendance

1) Oral presentation

2) Written assignment

3) 80% class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student will be given an individual evaluation.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Daniel Adrian Lungu

Study Program Director:

Per Kristian Hyldmo

Method of work

The course is organized in on-campus modules, and the course work will consist of lectures, seminars, peer review and individual work.

Open for

Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Part-time (Master Degree Program) Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Full-time Master Degree Program

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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