AG2118 Research Methodology and Scientific Writing for Architects and Planners 3.0 credits
Research Methodology and Scientific Writing for Architects and Planners
The information on this page is based on a course plan that has been replaced by a later edition.
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)D
Subject areaBuilt Environment
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.
The aim of this course is to provide the necessary tools for students to conduct research within urban planning and design and to present their findings. The course is a prologue to the cycle of the research processes including conceptualization, information searching, evaluation, analysis, report-writing and presentation techniques. It addresses issues underpinnings of research design, among them the issues of validity, reliability and ethics.
Course main content
The course is focused on critical analysis, investigation and production of scientific texts. It will discuss current research methodologies, their relevance and applicability in urban planning and design studies. The course will link up with the courses Urban Theory and Concepts and Tools in Urban Design Analysis and create an opportunity to reflect upon the exercises in the course Applied Analysis in Urban Planning and Design. Different types of writing will be practiced, such as scholarly texts, critical writings and the texts addressing general public. The course will be carried out in a mixed form of lectures, seminars and workshops. Designing a research project, applying an appropriate research method and demonstrating reasonable and convincing results belong to the designerly way of thinking. The course is aimed to situate urban planning and design studies within a larger intellectual framework through grasping the indissoluble connection between ideas and artefacts. The course will therefore be commenced with a review on the development of design methodology as the point of departure.
The course will help students to anticipate, identify, and resolve the challenges involved in designing and conducting research. Students who take this course will learn to carry on minor research projects by gaining greater skills both in the formulation of coherently structured arguments as well as the use of basic procedure of scientific writings. These goals will be achieved by introducing students to various sources of information and to acquaint them with different methodological instruments for identifying underlying research motivations and assumptions. The course will support students to design and produce their own scholarly texts, to think independently and conduct research more critically and systematically. The course is aimed to prepare students for future PhD studies.
At least 60 credits (one year) in the Masterprogram Spatial Planning or Masterprogram Urban Planning and Design.
Students should read the course AK2032 Theory of science and research methodology simultaneously.
At least 60 credits in the master programme Spatial Planning or Urban Planning and Design. Students should attend the course AK2030 Theory and Methodology simultaneously.
Groat, Linda; Wang, David. (2002). Architectural Research Methods. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Creswell, John W. (2002). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
Denscombe, M. (2003). The Good Research Guide: For Small-Scale Research Projects. London: Oxford University Press.
George, A.; Bennett, A. (2005). Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.
Yin R. K. (2003). Case Study Research: Design and Methods (3rd Ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications
- NÄR1 - Attendance, 1.0 credits, grade scale: P, F
- ÖVN1 - Exercise, 2.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Requirements for final grade
In order to complete the course (total 3 credits) students are required to:
- Attend at least 80% of the course, study the required readings and actively participate in discussion (NÄR1;1 credit).
- Complete a well designed and well-written assignment in form of an individual research proposal and present it to other students (PRO1;2credits).
ABE/Urban and Regional Studies
Reza Kazemian, email: email@example.com, Tel. 08-7909240
Professor Göran Cars
Compulsory course for TSPPM2- and TUPDM2-programs.
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 07.