SKIP3004 - Research methods and research ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The course provides insight into research methods commonly used in studies of language and communication in the professions. Students learn how to plan and carry out qualitative research projects, including data selection, collection, processing, transcription, analysis and interpretation. Epistemological and ethical issues are discussed in light of specific research methods and research design. Students gain an understanding of ethical implications in research for change and become aware of their position as researchers within the framework of applied linguistics. Through a focus on topics related to interdisciplinarity and ethics, students acquire the competence required to apply their knowledge in innovative ways and in new areas. Ethical issues related to the use of authentic material are also addressed.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have completed this course will have acquired the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate:

- has advanced knowledge of qualitative research methods in the study of language and communication in the professions

- is capable of assessing and critically reflecting on the different methods used in the study of disciplinary and interdisciplinary communication in work life and education

- has insight into how the dissemination of expert knowledge must be related to the values and norms of the target audience


The candidate:

- is able to identify and define issues in research work

- is able to plan and carry out an independent research in line with relevant norms for research ethics

- is able to make well-founded choices in collecting, processing, transcribing, analyzing and interpreting data in light of scientific insights and concepts

General competence

The candidate:

- is able to apply their knowledge of qualitative methods in new areas of research and development work

- is able to identify and independently reflect on ethical issues in research on language and communication in different professional contexts

Learning methods and activities

The course emphasizes group work and cooperative learning. Collaboration will take place both in sessions and on digital learning platforms where students present literature to each other in a digital seminar. Students are also recommended to collaborate when planning the method training.

Compulsory assignments

  • Digital text seminar
  • Method training with reflection note
  • 80 % attendance at sessions

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Written assignment. The preparation starts early in the semester and culminate in an assignment of 6000 - 8000 words.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

It is not possible for students who have passed the exam in SKIP3004 to retake the exam in a semester where this course is not taught. Students who did not pass the exam, or who did not complete the exam due to illness may submit the exam in a semester where this course is not taught; however, they will not receive any supervision.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Language and Communication in the Professions (MSKIP)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Master`s Programme in Language and Communication in the Professions. Compulsory assignments in SKIP3001 must be approved.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Applied Linguistics


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 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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