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Scientific Methods

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This is an introductory course in quantitative and qualitative research methods. The course focuses on the understanding of fundamental concepts, and corresponding terminology, related to different research methods.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The candidate can...
  • Explain fundamental concepts an terminology related to quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various research designs.
  • Recognize similarities and differences between different research methods.

The candidate can...
  • Plan research / development projects
  • Apply basic statistics in practical research.
  • Interpret results and outputs from basic statistical tests.
  • Carry out searches in relevant databases.

General competence
The candidate can...
  • Analyze and critically discuss various factors that influence research / development projects and results.
  • Master academic language and disseminate research results.
  • Evaluate research results in relation to method choice.


  • Quantitative methods/Statistics
  • Qualitative methods
  • Literature studies

Required prerequisite knowledge



Written exam and assessment
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/24 hoursA - FCurriculum books.1)
Valid calculator.2)
Home exam1/214 daysA - F
The exam consists of two parts:
- In quantitative methods the assessment is a written exam.
- In qualitative methods the assessment is organized as a home exam.
1) Printed texts (books, compedia and similar)
2) Non-programmable calculator

Coursework requirements

80% attendance
80% class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may apply for individual evaluation. The student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an extended written assignment.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Jo Røislien
Study Program Director
Per Kristian Hyldmo

Method of work

Lectures, seminars, group work and individual work.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Scientific Methods (FXSM100_1) 10

Open to

Candidates with a relevant bachelor’s degree within health care may apply for admission to the course

Course assessment

Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 09.08.2020