AK3024 Introduction to Theory of Science and Research Methodology, for Graduate Students in Technology and Natural Sciences 4.5 credits

Introduktion till vetenskapsteori och forskningsmetodik, teknik och naturvetenskaplig inriktning

Please note

The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P3 (4.5 credits)

  • Application code

    61456

  • Start date

    15/01/2019

  • End date

    15/03/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

Spring 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P4 (4.5 credits)

  • Application code

    61458

  • Start date

    18/03/2019

  • End date

    04/06/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

Autumn 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P1 (4.5 credits)

  • Application code

    51220

  • Start date

    26/08/2019

  • End date

    25/10/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

Autumn 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P2 (4.5 credits)

  • Application code

    51310

  • Start date

    28/10/2019

  • End date

    14/01/2020

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

Autumn 18 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (2.5 credits), P2 (2.0 credits)

  • Application code

    51544

  • Start date

    27/08/2018

  • End date

    14/01/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

Information for research students about course offerings

The course will be offered in periods 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Intended learning outcomes

After having completed the course, the student should, with regards to the theory and methodology of science, both orally as well as in writing, be able to:

  • Identify definitions and descriptions of concepts, theories and problem areas, as well as identify the correct application of these concepts and theories.
  • Account for concepts, theories and general problem areas, as well as apply concepts and theories to specific cases.
  • Critically discuss the definitions and applications of concepts and theories as they applies to specific cases of scientific research.

Course main content

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

  • Scientific knowledge
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Observations and measurements
  • Experiments
  • Models
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Causes and explanations
  • Philosophy of social science
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Risk and risk assessment
  • Research ethics

Disposition

Lectures, seminars and written exam.

Eligibility

Entry requirements for PhD studies.

Literature

To be announced at course start. All material is available through course platform. The following literature has been used previously:

  • Sven Ove Hansson "The Art of Doing Science" (compendium).
  • Till Grüne-Yanoff “Experiments, models and methodology” (compendium).
  • Video lectures.
  • Articles distributed during the course.

Examination

  • DEL1 - Participation, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 3.0, grading scale: P, F

A student may request a home exam, with the maximum grade of E, if two requirements are fulfilled: (1) This is the last remaining exam left before graduation. (2) It is not possible for the student to attend the written exam because the student is, at the point of the request, residing outside of Sweden and will be residing outside of Sweden for at least twelve months following the request. The examiner approves or denies these requests.

Requirements for final grade

  • Active participation in seminars (1.5 credits)
  • Passed written exam (3 credits)

Offered by

ABE/Philosophy

Contact

kurser.tamos@abe.kth.se

Examiner

Till Grüne-Yanoff <gryne@kth.se>

Supplementary information

Language of instruction: English only

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.