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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives an overview of common research methods in technology and learning. Quantitative and qualitative methods and different ways to combine these methods will be discussed. During the course, study design is discussed, for example cross-section, longitudinal, comparative and case studies, choice of research methods and its possibilities and limitations in relation to different research questions. Furthermore, scientific integrity, ethics and quality aspects in research are discussed. The course also concerns different traditions of science and their basis in ontology and epistemology and the relation to methodology and research methods.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to give the doctoral student an overview of knowledge of common research methods in technology and learning. The course also gives the doctoral students the possibility to train their ability to carry out data collection and analysis and his ability to make research-ethical assessments.

After passing the course, the student should:

  • Be able to describe common research methods in technology and learning at a general level.
  • Be able to use common quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Reflect on and discuss study design, choice of research methods and its possibilities and limitations in relation to different research questions.
  • Reflect on and discuss ethics and quality aspects that concern data collection and analysis.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entry requirements to participate have the one that is admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at Swedish university or the equivalent education abroad.

Priority is given to doctoral students admitted to the third-cycle education in the subject technology and learning at the ITM school, KTH. Secondarily, other doctoral students at KTH may participate. In case of vacancy, doctoral students from other universities and researchers can participate.

Recommended prerequisites

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Literature will be announced at least two weeks before the start of the course.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • SEM1 - Seminar, 10,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Other requirements for final grade

To receive a final grade, apart from passed assessed seminar, also active participation in the other seminars of the course is required.

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 web

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Course web FLF3011

Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences