Scientific Method, 6 credits (TDDD89)

Vetenskaplig metod, 6 hp

Main field of study

Information Technology Computer Science and Engineering Computer Science

Level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Ola Leifler

Director of studies or equivalent

Ahmed Rezine

Available for exchange students

Yes
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CDDD Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering (Master Profile Computer Science and Engineering) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering (Master Profile Computer Science and Engineering) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering (Master Profile Computer Science and Engineering) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering (Master Profile Computer Science and Engineering) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering (Master Profile Computer Science and Engineering) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIII Industrial Engineering and Management, M Sc in Engineering (Master Profile Computer Science and Engineering) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIII Industrial Engineering and Management, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6MDAV Computer Science, Master's programme 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CITE Information Technology, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CMJU Computer Science and Software Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6MICS Computer Science, Master's programme 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o

Main field of study

Information Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, Computer Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1X

Course offered for

  • Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management, M Sc in Engineering
  • Computer Science, Master's programme
  • Information Technology, M Sc in Engineering
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

30hp advanced courses in students' topic area. Experience in reading scientific peer-reviewed papers in students' topic area.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, students shall be able to

  • Evaluate texts with respect to scientific and engineering standards.
  • Describe and select relevant scientific and engineering methods in the topic area for each student.
  • Compare and evaluate scientific and engineering methods in the topic area selected by each student.
  • Formulate a scientific text using generally accepted standards.
  • Formulate and criticize a plan for a scientific study.
  • Critically evaluate scientific works.
  • Seek information about and evaluate references in their own topic area.
  • Summarize scientific results in their topic area.
  • Assess and manage ethical issues and societal aspects of science and engineering in their topic area.

Course content

  • Scientific methods: their purpose, quantiative methods, qualitative methods.
  • Engineering and science
  • Scientific writing
  • Literature search and summary
  • Critical analysis of scientific work: reliability and validity
  • Reference management: specificity and completeness.
  • Ethics in research
  • Societal aspects of research and technical development.

Teaching and working methods

The course is conducted as a series of lectures, seminars and hand-in assignments. The course is performed as a preparatory study before a master's thesis project, including formulating research questions, literature review and survey of theoretical reference material, and an initial description of a research method. In the course, scientific aspects of thesis projects are analyzed during seminars. During the course, scientific methods are presented in the main topic areas for students taking the course.

Examination

UPG1Hand-in assignmentU, G4 credits
UPG2SeminarsU, G2 credits
Grades are given as ’Fail’ or ’Pass’.

Grades

Two-grade scale, U, G

Department

Institutionen för datavetenskap

Director of Studies or equivalent

Ahmed Rezine

Examiner

Ola Leifler

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 36 h
Recommended self-study hours: 124 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Other

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Additional literature

Other

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UPG1 Hand-in assignment U, G 4 credits
UPG2 Seminars U, G 2 credits
Grades are given as ’Fail’ or ’Pass’.

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LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/Innehall/Utbildning_pa_grund-_och_avancerad_niva. 

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