Spring 2020 will be distance education.

MT2521 Research Methodology with emphasis on Engineering Science

Programme course, 7,5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, autumn semester 2024

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

The goal of the course is to give a fundamental introduction to modern approach to science, particularly to nature and engineering sciences. The course gives also an insight on history and philosophy of science and how the scientific methods could be applied in electrical and mechanical engineering. After the course the students should be able to curry on research projects and write a scientific report.

Facts

  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 50%
  • Period : 2024-November-04 until 2025-January-19
  • Education level: A1F
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language is English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: Completed studies of at least 180 credits in the field of technology.

Content

PART 1: Theory, 2.5 ECTS credits
• History of science. A way from experience facts to experimentalism and bring up questions at issues as observations, experimental attempt, induction and deduction.
• Modern theory of science: falsificationism, Kuhn’s paradigm, Lakato’s research programmes, Feyerabend’s anarchistic theory of science, subjective Bayesians, and new experimentalism.
• Principle of scientific methods.
• How to organise and write thesis/scientific report
• Legal and ethical aspects of research.
• Modern search tools for scientific sources.

PART 2: Project/Seminar, 5 ECTS credits
• Approaching research problem - a research question and hypothesis
• Validation and verification of research hypothesis
• Content of research report
• Using journal and conference templates
• Presenting and disputing of research results
• Reviewing of the research reports.
• Project management – project plan, milestones and deliveries
• Team work management

Learning outcomes

After the course the students should be able to:
  • have understanding for fundamental concept and theory concerning modern paradigm in science, special in natural and engineering sciences
  • have a knowledge in scientific history and philosophy
  • apply scientific methods within engineering
  • write, present and dispute scientific papers and reports
  • analyse, review and oppose scientific papers and reports
  • use search tools and sources to base the research on scientific content
  • cooperate within a project group and apply project management tools.

Course literature and other teaching material

Compulsory literature:
A.F. Chalmers: What is this Thing Called Science? ISBN 0-87220-452-9.
Compendia (provided by a teacher)
Internet
Data basis

Complementary literature:
A.F. Chalmers. Vad är vetenskap egentligen? Om väsen och status hos vetenskapen och dess metoder. ISBN-10: 9157804257.
Graziano, A.M., Raulin, M.L. Research Methods. A Process on Inquiry. ISBN 0-205-51221-6.
Samir Okasa. Philosophy of Science; A Very Short Introduction. ISBN 978-0-19-280283-5.
Wayne C Booth, Gregory G Colomb, Joseph M Williams: Craft of Research. ISBN 9780226065663.
Wayne C Booth, Gregory G Colomb, Joseph M Williams. Forskning och skrivande: konsten att skriva enkelt och effektivt. ISBN 9789144032276.

Course literature and other teaching material

Compulsory literature:
A.F. Chalmers: What is this Thing Called Science? ISBN 0-87220-452-9.
Compendia (provided by a teacher)
Internet
Data basis

Complementary literature:
A.F. Chalmers. Vad är vetenskap egentligen? Om väsen och status hos vetenskapen och dess metoder. ISBN-10: 9157804257.
Graziano, A.M., Raulin, M.L. Research Methods. A Process on Inquiry. ISBN 0-205-51221-6.
Samir Okasa. Philosophy of Science; A Very Short Introduction. ISBN 978-0-19-280283-5.
Wayne C Booth, Gregory G Colomb, Joseph M Williams: Craft of Research. ISBN 9780226065663.
Wayne C Booth, Gregory G Colomb, Joseph M Williams. Forskning och skrivande: konsten att skriva enkelt och effektivt. ISBN 9789144032276.

Learning methods

The teaching comprises lectures, group assignments and seminars.
Education and its contents will in extent be aimed against needs that arise at practice of the engineer trade.

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.

Teachers

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.

Assessments

Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1310 Written examination 2.5 A-F
1320 Project 5 G-U

Grading

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

Exams

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.