PK6401 - Ethics, methods and science theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 48 hours A

Course content

The subject is part of the basic module in the experience-based master's in technology management and digital transformation (MTDO). Themes that will be covered in the course are:

  • Ethics in a business context
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Scientific theory
  • Research design
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Qualitative research methods

The course is part of NTNU's further and further education offer and has a course fee.

Learning outcome


The student has basic insight into issues related to research ethics and scientific work. The student must have knowledge of different types of research design and the most common research methods within technology-based research. This should provide a basis for designing an appropriate research design for own research and implementing this so that the research results maintain high validity, reliability and, where relevant, transferability


The student

  • can define a research problem and a suitable research design
  • can choose research methods appropriate for a defined problem
  • can carry out own research work, especially in connection with a master's thesisGeneral competence:

The student has a basis for critically reading and extracting relevant findings from research-based literature.

Learning methods and activities

The subject is carried out in two sessions, two + two days of lectures, group work and discussions. Great emphasis is placed on discussions and the transfer of experience between the participants.

Between the two collections there are self-studies with reading syllabus, assignments and guidance via the internet.

The entire course can be completed digitally, if the need arises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation
  • Oblig

Further on evaluation

The home exam counts for 100% of the grade. Duration 48 hours. All aids allowed on the exam.

In order to be able to sit for the exam, you must have attended the meetings and have submitted practice assignments approved,

Previous assignments are approved by re-take.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Technology Management and Digital Transformation (MTDO)

Required previous knowledge

The admission requirement is a degree in technology, economics or science of 180 credits, as well as at least two years of relevant professional experience.

Course materials

Stated at the start of the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Department with administrative responsibility
Pro-Rector for Education


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 A 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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