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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK291 - Research methodology  
Research methodology
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPQOM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management

Teaching language: English
Application code: 36120
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: C
Maximum participants: 70
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0120 Take-home examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

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Catharina Landström

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites


The course aims at providing knowledge of, and training in, methods and skills used in research and investigations. The students should achieve the ability to choose between alternative techniques to collect and process data, be able to conduct a study in accordance with ethical principles, and be able to evaluate the trustworthiness of research data and analyses. The course also has the purpose to improve the student's ability to present research/investigation results. At the end of the course the student should be able to prepare a brief for a research/investigation project and to evaluate and decide on methods for a master's thesis.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Explain key methodological issues in research on sociotechnical change.
  • Account for different social science methods and their use in critical analysis.
  • Recognise common mistakes in applications of research methods.
  • Identify ethical challenges associated with various methods and discuss how they can be resolved.
  • Critically reflect on choosing methods and understand the consequences of selecting one method rather than another.
  • Reconstruct the methodology of published articles and reports and analyse the relationship between method selection and research results.
  • Assess the suitability of research methods relative the research questions posed.


  • Introduces methodological debates
  • Clarifies methodological challenges
  • Introduces ethical guidelines for research
  • Identifies ethical dilemmas
  • Apply methodological principles in analysis of scientific publications
  • Apply qualitative data gathering techniques
  • Prepare collected qualitative information
  • Analyse empirical materials


Lectures, seminars and group exercises.


Please, see the course website for latest information

Examination including compulsory elements

The assessment comprises one individual take-home exam, and two compulsory elements: one group assignment presented in writing and orally and a pair exercise with a written report and student peer review.

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