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AI2150 Theory of Science and Research Methods 7.5 credits

Theory of science and research methods prepares the students for their Master’s thesis work, to be done the following semester.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AI2150 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Content that provides knowledge of the subject matter in the areas of science theory and research method

  • Introduction to the theory of science
  • Concepts in science (hypothesis, model, theory, correlation, definition, etc.)
  • Research ethics
  • Research design
  • Research process
  • Information sources
  • Data collection, qualitative and quantitative
  • Samples
  • Measurement methods
  • Preparation and analysis of field material / data
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Literature search and referencing

Content that highlights the research tradition in research fields included in the Real Estate and Construction Management program

  • Content that exercises the ability to carry out a research study. The student should:
  • Do a literature review within a selected area
  • Identify a research problem in social science
  • Identify theory within the chosen problem area
  • Formulate a proposal for a research study (thesis proposal)
  • Describe any ethical considerations linked to the proposed research
  • Argue in writing for choices made in the thesis proposal
  • Present the thesis proposal
  • Discuss other students' thesis proposals (act as opponent)

In the examination, samples are taken from the course content.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge of the theory of science and research method, with a particular focus on social science research. In the course, the ability to evaluate science, formulate a research project and the ability to present an own research project orally and in writing is also practiced.

After passing the course studensts will able to:

  • account for basic scientific theory concepts and reasoning

  • account for different types of research methods and the conditions for using these in social science

  • apply these skills to formulate their own research problem within the subject area the Built Environment, and make well-founded choices for research design in a chosen project and argue for these

  • critically review a scientific work

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

30 credits from Mastersprogram.

Recommended prerequisites

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Information about course literature is given in the course memo

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INLA - Thesis Proposal, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEMA - Seminars, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Assignment (INL1), 3.0 credits, submission in time according to instructions and presentation and opposition at seminar gives the grade approved

Seminar (SEM1), 2.0 credits, attendance at seminars and assignments with grade approved

Examination (TEN1), 2.5 credits, grade A-F

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web AI2150

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Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Inga-Lill Söderberg (