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AK2036 Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) 7.5 credits

The aim of the course is to provide a deeper understanding of the methodological and underlying philosophical issues that arise in science, and inspire to reflection on such issues within the student’s own area of study. After having taken the course the student should have acquired basic knowledge of the foundational issues in the methodology and philosophy of science, specially as regards the natural and technological sciences.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AK2036 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The following is an incomplete list of topics covered in the course.

  • Scientific knowledge
  • Definitions 
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Observations and measurements
  • Experiments
  • Models
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Causes and explanations
  • Engineering design

  • Qualitative methods
  • Research ethics
  • Risk and risk assessment

The course consists of lectures, online assignments, seminars, a project part, and a digital exam.

Intended learning outcomes

After having completed the course, the student should, with regards to the theory and methodology of science be able to:

· Identify definitions and descriptions of concepts, theories and problem areas, as well as identify the correct applications of these concept and theories.

· Account for concepts, theories and general problems areas, as well as apply concepts and theories to specific cases.

· Critically discuss the definitions and applications of concepts and theories as they apply to specific cases of scientific research.

These learning outcomes are examined orally via seminars, and in writing via online assignments and a digital exam.

After having completed the course, the student should also be able to (applies to students that do not take the master’s programme medical engineering (TMLEM):

· Summarise and present research reports or scientific articles in a way that makes them accessible to a non-expert audience.

· Account for standard structural and qualitative criteria for scientific writing and apply these to research reports or scientific articles.

· Identify and critically discuss specific theoretical and methodological problems in research reports or scientific articles.

These learning outcomes are examined in writing via a project part.

Students from the master’s programme medical engineering (TMLEM) should be able to:

· Account for and apply the most common theories and methods of applied ethics and account for their relevance for medical technology.

· Carry out independent moral reflections concerning practical problems in the ethics of medical technology.

These learning outcomes are examined orally and in writing via a project part.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General requirements for master’s programmes. Proficiency in English corresponding to English B / English 6 in Swedish gymnasium.

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

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Literature

All material is avaiable through the course platform. The following literature has previously been used:

·       Till Grüne-Yanoff ” Justified Method Choice – Methodology for Scientists and Engineers” (Compendium).

·       Articles distributed during the course.

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

Examination

  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 3.0 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.

TENA is examined via a digital exam. The examiner decides, based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, if a custom-made examination for students with documented disabilities is appropriate.

The examiner may apply other examination formats when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Fullfilled seminar requirements, project requirements and written exam.

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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Examiner

Profile picture Till Grüne-Yanoff

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AK2036

Offered by

ABE/Philosophy

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Martin Rissler (mrissler@kth.se)