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A course that provides an essential overview of the approaches, methods and techniques of research methodology and scientific writing for planning and writing scientific papers incl. Master's Thesis.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus IC2003 (Autumn 2009–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course will introduce and provide practice of the basic problems in scietific communication and research methodology. These include:
- finding a research theme, problem and specific question
- finding and valuing scientific literature
- reasoning and structuring an argument on different levels
- presentation techniques
- citing, referencing and paraphrasing
- data types, gathering data, data analysis
- quantitative methods and analysis
- qualitative methods and analysis

Intended learning outcomes

- be able to locate and summarize scientific literature
- understand and apply correct ways of referencing to and citing from scientific literature
- be able to discuss and explain the differences between different methodologies
- be able to find relevant literature
- be able to analyze, contrast, compare and criticize scientific literature
compose a report with a coherent line of reasoning
- be able to apply and use scientific methods
- be able to assess the quality of scientific literature
- be able to discuss the student’s own position relative to the research conducted

Course Disposition

Lectures, seminars.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams: The Craft of Research (Upplaga: 3rd Edition), The University of Chicago Press - Chicago Guides t, 2008

Example articles (electronically)

Recommended literature:
Data Collection and Analysis, Victor Jupp and Roger Sapsford (Eds.)
Upplaga: 2nd Edition, Förlag: Sage, År: 2006

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


  • INL1 - Assignment, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL2 - Assignment, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL3 - Assignment, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • INL4 - Assignment, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

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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Profile picture Henricus Verhagen

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IC2003

Offered by

ICT/Systems Science (SU)

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Harko Verhagen,, tel. 08-16 16 94

Supplementary information

Only students from the ICT master programs EMIS and ICSS are admitted.