IMT4110 - Scientific Methodology and Communication


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

  • Introduction to the theory of science
  • Characteristics of good research
  • Research ethics
  • Research as a means of systematic progress
  • Quantitative and qualitative research designs
  • Characteristics of good research topics and how to create one
  • Literature studies
  • Choice of methods, including planning and how to carry out and analyze experiments/studies
  • Use of research databases for problem solving
  • Data analysis and statistics

Learning outcome


  • have deep knowledge about central questions within the theory of science
  • be able to analyze central topics within the theory of science
  • know central terminology for scientific work
  • know channels and strategies for scientific communication


  • be able to suggest a topic of investigation within science
  • independently be able to make a plan of how to carry out a scientific work
  • competence to search for academic publications using central databases
  • facilitate and analyze data from science projects

General knowledge and competence:

  • competence to read and analyze scientific publications
  • be able to report results from scientific projects, including projects carried out by the student herself
  • have developed a clear ethical attitude in relation to how scientific methodology is used

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures
  • E-Learning
  • Project work
  • Essay
  • Tutoring

Additional information:

The course will be offered both as an ordinary campus course and as a course that is offered in a flexible way to off-campus students. Lecture notes, e-lectures and other types of e-learning material will be offered through our Learning Management system (LMS/Blackboard). Communication between the teachers and the students, and among the students, will be facilitated by the LMS. The course will be made accessible for both campus and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that is best fitted for her/his own requirement. The lectures in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students. All the lectures will also be available on Internet through NTNUs learning management system.

Compulsory assignments

  • Coursework Requirements

Further on evaluation

Compulsory requirements:

  • 2 Essay (s)
  • 1 Participation and presentation of project work (1Participation and report from alternative project for off-campus students)

Mandatory submissions must be passed in order to do the exam.

The students is graded (A-F) based on a school exam. Re-sit: Ordinary re-sit examination for the written exam in August.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Applied Computer Science (MACS)
Colour in Science and Industry (COSI) (MACS-COSI)
Information Security (MIS)
Information Security (MISD)
Information Security (MISEB)
Interaction Design (MIXD)
Sustainable Manufacturing (MSUMA)

Course materials


  • Leedy, P D, and Ormrod, J E: "Practical Research, -Planning and design", 11 th ed. Pearson Educational Int. - Additional handouts and material made available on Blackboard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT4421 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Science and Technology Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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