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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 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.





Vekting (SP)


Semester undervisningsstart


Antall semestre






Tilbys av

Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have 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 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

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
  • Overview of research methods, aiming at understanding what method to apply for a certain 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
Required prerequisite knowledge
MPH100 Quantitative Research Methods
Recommended prerequisites
MPH105 Qualitative Research Methods
Eksamen / vurdering
Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Home exam 1/1 14 Days A - F

Home exam: Finish and submit the project outline of the given RQ

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 may apply for individual evaluation. The student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an extended written assignment. 

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Daniel Adrian Lungu
Study Program Director: Per Kristian Hyldmo
Course teacher: Marte Knudsen
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.
Course assessment
Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto