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DA2210 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science and Research Methodology for Computer Scientists 6.0 credits

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Autumn 2024 vettig24 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DA2210 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The basic concepts within philosophy of science and research methodology, such as causality, data, correlation, hypothesis, inductive-deductive methods.
  • Special methods and problems within computer science and mathematics.
  • Research methodology within engineering projects.
  • Experimental methodology.
  • Ethics in science and the role of science in society.
  • How to read and write scientific reports.
  • Practical training in writing of scientific reports (similar to degree projects).

Intended learning outcomes

Having passed the course, the student should be able to:

  • explain and analyse scientific theories relevant for research in computer science,
  • explain and analyse scientific methods relevant for research in computer science,
  • review scientific articles in computer science with regard to theory, method and result critically
  • identify methodological problems in a study
  • identify ethical problems in different scientific situations and discuss them
  • plan and carry out the writing of a scientific report.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Corresponding the qualification requirements for Master of Science in Computer Science or Machine Learning.


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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


  • HEM1 - Exercises, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • HEM3 - Essay, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • QUI1 - Digital quizzes, 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.

Written and oral examination is done for higher grades on QUI1.

Other requirements for final grade

Attendance at the seminars is mandatory.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Discuss with the instructor.


Mats Nordahl, e-post:

Transitional regulations

The previous course component TEN1 is replaced by QUI1.

Supplementary information

In this course, the school's honor code is applied, see: