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FHN3012 Research Methodology in Technology and Health - Part 1 4.0 credits

The course is designed to introduce research students at the early stage of their study to appropriate concepts, approaches, tools and methods to conduct research in the area of technology and health.

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Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FHN3012 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

The course gives an overview of research methodlogies and it deals with research processes including information retrieval, discussion and evaluation of results, and presentation of research work for the scientific community and for the general public. It also introduces how to better make use of research for the benefit of industry, health care and society, and introduce the students with research ethics and scientific working methods in technology and health as part of the course.

The course includes a range of seminar lectures and experience sharing. There are six lecture / seminar combinations of two hours each on the key topics of the course. These course sessions are given in an interactive way by the instructor and several experienced researchers. All sessions incorporate mixed learning methods, including lectures, discussion and exercise.

During the course, students will write two-page reflections on each of the main themes of the course, placed in the context if his / her own research methods.

At the end of the course, each student is required to give a presentation on his / her research design & methodology, taken in the context of the field’s predominant methodologies.

Course contents

  • Predominant and alternative research methods in technology and health, particularly his / her own research approach.
  • The validity implications of alternative research designs and, on that basis, choose an appropriate design
  • Ethical issues both in operative research activity and in research designs in themselves.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the doctoralstudent should have the knowledge and ability to

  • evaluate methodological approaches in published research in the context of broader methodological discourses,
  • critically review the research approach and methodology of another field within technology and health,
  • articulate, in oral and written forms, a research design and methodology appropriate to the student’s own research

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

Recommended prerequisites

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Creswell & Creswell. Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Sage Publishing

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INLA - Hand in exercise, 4.0 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.

To get passed the Doctoral student must:

  • Pass evaluation of all reflections handed in.
  • Pass evaluation of presentation of own research methodology
  • Attenden in all lectures

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

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

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Sebastiaan Meijer,, 08-790 8071

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems