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Research Design and Methodology in Educational Science, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Forskningsdesign och metod inom utbildningsvetenskap

This syllabus is valid: 2022-05-30 and until further notice

Course code: 6PE195

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: First cycle

Grading scale: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Department of Education

Revised by: Head of Department of Education, 2021-10-22


Different methods used in research within the fields of Social Science and Education are discussed and examined. Problems concerning research ethics are discussed. Research designs are introduced. During the course students will practice to design a research study based on different problems.

Expected learning outcomes

After the course the students should have acquired competence to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • describe and discuss different research methods used within the fields of Social Science and Education.
  • describe ethical standards within research.

Skills and ability

  • independently draw conclusions regarding the use of appropriate research methods
  • design a scientific study which includes essential elements of the research process

Values and attitudes

  • identify and critically discuss ethical problems connected with research
  • show ability to reflect on the possible consequences of outcomes when different approaches to specific research questions are used

Required Knowledge

General entry requirements

Form of instruction

The teaching forms are lectures, seminars and web-based workshops.

Examination modes

The learning outcomes are examined by examining seminars and by the student´s individual research plan on a topic approved by the teacher. To get a pass all examining tasks must be approved. To get a Pass with distinction the research plan must in addition be graded as VG (pass with distinction), and special focus is placed on the student´s ability to problematize and analyze the content of the course. The final grade is the examiners balanced assessment of the student´s results. The final grades are U (Fail), G (Pass) and VG (Pass with distinction). If special reasons exist, the examiner has the right to decide on another form of examination.

For each examining part of the course is a regular examination given with a second reexamination within two months after the regular examination. For examinations performed in May and June is the first reexamination offered within three months of the regular examination. In addition to this is a third reexamination given within a year after the end of the course. Examination based on the same course plan as the regular examination is guaranteed within two years after the earlier course plan has ceased to be valid or the course is no longer given (see rules for grades and examination on basic and advanced level, Dnr: FS 1.1.2-553-14). A student who has failed two tests for a course or a part of a course is entitled to have another examiner appointed after a written request to the head of department. 

Deviations from the form of examination in the course plan can be made for a student who has pedagogical support due to disabilities. Individual adjustment of the examination form shall be considered based on the student's needs. The examination form is adjusted within the framework of the expected learning outcomes of the course plan. After a request from the student shall the course coordinator, in consultation with the examiner, quickly decide on the adjusted form of examination. The decision is then to be reported to the student.  

Transfer of credits
In order to transfer credits to a corresponding course at Umeå University, students have the right to submit previous education or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in the profession for evaluation. Application for transfer of credits is submitted to the Student Centre / Examinations. More information on transfer of credits is available on Umeå University's student website, www.student.umu.se, and the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 6). A refusal for transfer of credits may be appealed against (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 12) to the University Appeals Board. This applies whether the entire application or part of the application for transfer of credits is refused.


Valid from: 2022 week 22

Creswell John W.
Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches
4th ed. : Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications : c2014. : 273 s. :
ISBN: 9781452226095
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A selection of articles from the book will be used and additional articles may be added.