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 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
Semester tution start
Number of semesters
Language of instruction
Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
A candidate who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
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
can conduct searches in literature databases, and identify applicable research results
can analyze and critically evaluate various information sources
can write summaries using his/her own words
can formulate scientific reports
can use electronic reference 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
can identify research fraud and plagiarism
has a thorough knowledge of responsibility for author and co-authorship in accordance with the Vancouver Convention
Overview of research methods, aiming at understanding what method to apply for a certain question
Outline and design of a research project
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
Required prerequisite knowledge
MPH100 Quantitative Research Methods
MPH105 Qualitative Research Methods
Form of assessment
A - F
Home exam: Finish and submit the project outline of the given RQ
Oral presentation, Written assignment, 80% Attendance
3)80% class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may apply for individual evaluation. The student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an extended written assignment.
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.
Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.