Research and Methodology

Structure Type: Module
Code: TLVP1500
Type: Compulsory
Level: Bachelor
Credits: 7.0 points
Responsible Teacher: Skåtar, Kim
Teacher Team: Skåtar, Kim ; Liedes, Pia ; Ranta, Mikko
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Learning Outcomes

The Student masters the scientific research-process or the different phases of a development project. The Student can monitor different phenomena from both theoretical and practical points of view in his own branch. He understands the role of the theoretical frame of reference in a research or development process. The Student is able to choose a relevant and conductable research subject and create a logical research problem and -questions. The Student can search, choose and use relevant sources of information and mark these in a suitable way into the text. The student recognizes and follows ethical guidelines during the research process. The student knows the basics of writing a scientific report and can use language-corrective tools. The Student can, based on the research problem choose suitable research methods. He can plan the empirical research based on the objectives of the study and the resources at hand. The Student can create a suitable tool for collecting relevant data. The Student knows the relevant qualitative and quantitative research methods and is able to use them in practice. The Student is able to collect and analyze empirical matherial that is relevant to the study. The Student can draw scientifically valid conclutions based on on the results of the empical study and the theoretical frame of reference. He is also able to evaluate the validity and reliability of the study. The Student is able to write text based on scientifical writing rules. The Student can use prior knowledge to plan, execute and evaluate a project connected to his study orientation.

Student's Workload

Total work load of the course 189 h
- of which schedule studies 90 h
- of which autonomous studies 89 h


Research process, abstract ant theoretical thinking, creating a theoretical frame of reference, research subject, research problem, research questions, information gathering and source criticism, research ethics, reporting the study. Introduction to scientific philosophy, choosing the research method based on the research problem, planning the emprical study, central qualitative and quantitative methods and use of these in one's own study. Gathering of the empirical data, analyzing the empirical data and drawing conclutions, evaluating the validity and reliability of the study. Writing and completing the report. Conducting a need-based project as an assignment. Writing a project plan and implement the study according to the project plan. Critical eveluation of the results based on the project plan.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures and excercises 70h, seminars and opposing 40h, project assignments 79h.

Assessment Methods

Lectures and excercises 25%, seminars and opposing 25%, project assignments 25%, test 25%.