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Content and learning outcomes
The course builds on the method knowledge that the student developed within the scope of the Bachelor thesis project. 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:
Scientific knowledge, research traditions and research ethics
Qualitative research methods
Quantitative research methods
Literature survey and formulation of research questions
Presentation and critical review of scientific articles and other scientific studies
Development of a proposal for a scientific study
Intended learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to deepen the knowledge of research methodology, with a special focus on the subject area of industrial engineering and management. The course develops the student's ability to carry out research projects and scientific studies for example degree project at master's level.
After passing the course, the students should be able to:
- Explain and reflect on scientific knowledge, different research traditions and research ethics.
- Apply both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- Review scientific literature critically and formulate relevant research questions.
- Critically review and assess a scientific text with regard to its aim, methodological stringency, contribution, practical usability, as well as how it considers relevant sustainability aspects.
- Formulate a plan for a scientific study including well motivated method choices and assessment of ethical issues and sustainability aspects.
Literature and preparations
Satisfies the requirements for a Degree of Bachelor
Achieved at least 45 credits from the Master's programme in Industrial Management (TINEM) or the Master's programme Technology-based Entrepreneurship (TTBEM)
Will be announced at 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.
- INL1 - Assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- INL2 - Assignments, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- PRO1 - Project, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
- SEM1 - Seminar assignment, 3.0 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.
In agreement with the KTH coordinator for disabilities, it is the examiner who decides to adapt an examination for students in possession of a valid medical certificate documenting a disability. The examiner may permit other examination formats at the re-examination of individual students.
Other requirements for final grade
Compulsory attendance on certain course components.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 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 ME2003
Main field of study
Only open for students admitted to the master programme Industrial Management, TINEM
Not open for exchange students
Overlapping course: ME2004
The course is only open to students admitted to the master's program in industrial economics (TINEM) or the master's program technology-based entrepreneurship (TTBEM)
Not open to exchange students
Overlapping courses: ME2004