PA2554 Research Methodologies in Software Engineering and Computer Science

Programme course, 7,5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, spring semester 2022

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.


  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 50%
  • Period : 2022-January-17 until 2022-March-27
  • Education level: A1N
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: Completed courses of at least 120 ECTS credits of which 90 credits must be in the following areas: Software Engineering, Computer Science. At least 30 credits must be in one or more of the following areas: Programming, Object-oriented Systems, Software Design, Data Structures and Algorithms, Database Technology, Data Communications, Real Time Systems, Operating Systems. In addition, completed courses in Mathematics of at least 15 credits is required.


Learning outcomes

Knowledge an understanding
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
• describe how to conduct a research project from beginning to end
• be able to account for different methods of research, data collection and analysis
Skills and abilities
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
• use scientific databases and search engines to identify relevant research articles to a specific question
• be able to formulate a research problem in your own words
• be able to summarize, relate and consider the results presented in research articles
• be able to formulate research objectives and issues to solve a research problem
• be able to design a comprehensive research study that is appropriate to answer the given research questions
• To perform data analysis and compare the results with the literature and discuss the implications for
research and practice
• be able to discuss the threat to the validity of their own research
• be able to write a research article adapted to recognized academic practice
• be able to reference other people's work according to recognized academic practice
• present research designs and research
Values and attitudes
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
• discuss and relate to the concept of scientific and relate to it in their own work
• be able to discuss the possibilities of science, the role of knowledge in society, people's responsibility for
how the knowledge is used and the ethical and societal implications of a research project can bring
• discuss and relate to the concepts of plagiarism and copyright
• be able to critically assess and their own research

Course literature and other teaching material

Course literature and other teaching material

Learning methods

The course is organized around lectures, assignments (assignments 1-3 and a
report). Students are expected to take an active part and contribute in the lectures.
Instruction is given in English.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.


Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.


Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1705 Assignment 1 1.5 G-U
1715 Assignment 2 0.5 G-U
1725 Assignment 3 1.5 G-U
1735 Research proposal 1 4 A-F
  1. 1Determines the final grade for the course, which will only be issued when all components have been approved.


The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.


More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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