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* Retrieved from Course syllabus ME2002 (Autumn 2018–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Course builds further on the knowledge about methodologies that  students developed within their bachelor thesis. Special focus is set on giving each student extensive knowledge of how the he or she can exploit scientific methods and research results within academia as well as industry, with special focus on technology intensive activities. The course contains lectures, seminars and other learning activities within the following fields:

  • Theory of science, classification of research and research processes.
  • Practical support for choice of subject for degree project, data collection (access to empiricism), project planning etc
  •  Design of investigation and study according to different scientific approaches.
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods for collection and analysis of data.
  •  Examples of ongoing research in industrial economics.
  • To critically review and analyse quality of scientific texts and articles.
  • Discuss and critically review examples of degree projects and experiences from previous students and supervisor.
  • To design and plan a degree project at the advanced level, including theoretical problem formulation of industrial problems and choices of method.
  •  Literature studies, source criticism, plagiarism, and arguing in writing for and identify his/her research gap.
  • Develop present and argue for a research plan (thesis proposal) both in writing and orally.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

  • Explain and apply different research traditions in the area of industrial economics.
  • Understand preconditions and framework for academic studies in industrial economics.
  • Analyse and apply central terms and concepts in research methodology in the area industrial economics.
  • Critically analyse and assess the value and the reliability of empirical and theoretical studies with a focus on the benefits of the research for both academia and industry.
  • Make assessments regarding ethical and sustainability aspects in ones own research and that of others.
  • Critically and creatively identify and formulate research issues with usefulness in both academia and industry.
  • Independently plan and investigate research issues with adequate method choices in industrial economics.
  • Can apply qualitative and quantitative methods and models that include in e g case, questionnaire and mathematical studies.
  •  Implement acquired knowledge in a practical investigation plan that satisfies requirements from both academia and industry

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted to the Master's (120 credits) programme in Industrial engineering and management (TIEMM) school year 2, i.e. at least 150 credits from the degree programme in Industrial engineering and management (CINEK) year 1-3 and 45 credits from the Master's (120 credits) programme in Industrial engineering and management (TIEMM), should be completed.

Recommended prerequisites

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Prescribed book/prescribed books about research methodology.

Selected research articles.

Reading will be specified at the beginning 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

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL2 - Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL3 - Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 2,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar assignment, 3,0 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.

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

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 ME2002

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Emrah Karakaya

Supplementary information

Open only for CINEK.

Not open for exchange students.