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FDM3514 Research Methods in Media Technology and Human-Computer Interaction 7.5 credits

When we do research, we want to create knowledge. When we write about our research, we want others to understand how we created that knowledge, so that they can recreate it and trust it and us. Both of these processes of doing and writing about research are based on some shared assumptions between researchers. This course will provide an introduction to the ways that we can practically create knowledge through our research, and the relationship between the ways we create that knowledge and the kinds of knowledge we create. The course will provide training in using specific research methods and in finding and evaluating methods for doing your own research.

We will cater to all levels of expertise and students are encouraged to bring their expertise to class to the benefit of others.

We will cover eight main topics:

  1. Interviews
  2. Making Research Questions
  3. Analysing Interview data
  4. Conducting Experiments
  5. Doing Data and Data Analytics
  6. Ethics, the Law and Norms
  7. Reading, Writing and Presenting
  8. Interdisciplinarity and Knowledge production

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FDM3514 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives both an orientation in the different research methods used in the fields of Media Technology and Human-Computer Interaction, and allows the PhD student to develop a more solid understanding of the methods he/she plans to use in dissertation work. In the course, the student will learn to critically analyse fundamental notions in the two fields, such as consumer and user, labour and leisure, discourse and ideology, and learn to formulate and evaluate research questions. The student will learn to understand the different values and disadvantages with different research methods, such as qualitative and quantitative methods, conceptual analysis and interpretation, participatory research, etc. Further, the student will become familiar with some of the problems encountered in interdisciplinary research and cooperative research.

Intended learning outcomes

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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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

P, F


  • EXA1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

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

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course is obligatory for PhD students in Human-Computer Interaction at CSC/KTH. The course contains lectures and seminars. The student is required to read texts, discuss them at seminars, do group work, and write an individual paper.

Course start: 18 September 2012.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Media Technology and Interaction Design