IFEL8000 - Introduction to Research Methodology, Theory of Science and Ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 100/100

Course content

This is a mandatory course for PhD students at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, beyond the minimum requirement of 30 ECTS credits.
The course contents are:
Practical information about study phases, course requirements and PhD thesis, personnel involved, psychological and social factors,
PhD student’s and supervisor’s role, overview of research planning;
time management.

Research method: Criteria for good scientific practice, literature review, critical use of existing knowledge, generalise and define limits for generalization of new findings.

Scientific publishing: Classification of conferences and journals, judging what material is publishable; publishing, referee process.

Theory of science: Theory of science and engineering science- viz innovation, systemizing and classifying, hypothesis development and testing, establishing laws and models, criticizing own and others work.

Ethics: Ethics in engineering; engineering and natural sciences, avoid research that cause unjustified risk to people, jeopardize the environment or convert public resources into private profits, striving for objectivity (in the research process and in presentation of results), handling uncertainty.

Development of research plan.

Learning outcome

The overall aim of this subject is to establish a common basis for the PhD research education within the Faculty (of Engineering Science and Technology) as well as to provide insight into the history and theory of science, qualitative and quantitative research methodology
and research ethics.

After completion of this subject the candidate should have insight into the theory of science and research methodology,
research ethics as well as the quality criteria for research.

After completing this subject the candidate should be able to

-formulate research goals and a plan to reach this goals within the subject area of the candidate, and especially prepare the research plan for his PhD thesis.
-carry out literature search and acquire knowledge from scientific articles.
-understand the peer review process for scientific articles.
-reflect about ethical issues in research.

General competence:
After completion of this subject the candidate should have developed his understanding of quality in research as well as his ability to reason in a critical manner and utilize this ability to ensure quality control and further development of the knowledge present in the scientific literature.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group discussions and self study. Lectures to be announced and independent projects work.

Mandatory attendance and preparation of an approved research plan.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance at 8 of 11 lectures

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Textbooks and lecture notes.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Report

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100
Spring ORD Approved report 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.