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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: 2018-02-19 valid to 2022-05-29 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 6PE195

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: First cycle

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Education

Established by: Head of Department of Education, 2015-08-31

Revised by: Head of Department of Education, 2017-11-20


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 qualifications for university studies. No demands for knowledge in Swedish as the course is given in English.

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.

A student who has not been approved at an ordinary examination shall be offered a scheduled re-sit examination in close connection to the course (within two months). A third examination opportunity is offered within a year from the ordinary examination.

If examinations or compulsory learning sessions cannot be repeated in accordance with current rules for re-examination, they may be replaced by other forms of assignments. The extent and content of such an assignment shall be in proportion to the missing compulsory sessions. A student who has failed two different assignments in a course or a part of a course is entitled to get a new examiner, if not exceptional reasons oppose this (HF 6 chap 11b §). In any such case the student must get in contact with the Director of Studies at the department.

Students who receive the grade “Fail” at the third examination are requested to assign to the examinations the next time the course is given. Reexaminations based on the same curriculum are guaranteed within two years after the first course registration.

Earlier studies that correspond to the course contents may require credit transfer. The review is individual. For more information, contact the study counselor.


Valid from: 2018 week 8

Creswell John W.
Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches
4th ed. : Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications : c2014. : 273 s. :
ISBN: 9781452226095
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

A selection of articles from the book will be used and additional articles may be added.