Course code DYR210

DYR210 Research Methodology, Statistics and Scientific Writing

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Course responsible: Ingrid Toftaker, Irma Caroline Oskam
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
See semester schedule
Course frequency: Annually, 3 weeks
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Preferential right:
Course contents:


The teaching will include practical and scientific methods to provide a basis that ensures a good start and helps students carry out a bachelor-project in animal nursing at the NMBU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.


  • Scientific authorship: principles and practical assignments.
  • Scientific method: planning and design of research projects.
  • Surveys: planning and implementation.
  • Scientific literature: literature search and use of reference tools.
  • Data management: how to construct and use a database.
  • Errors in scientific methods: random and systematic errors.
  • Statistics: methods to produce relevant tables and figures
  • Statistics: basic principles behind the use of statistical methods
Learning outcome:

After completing the course, the student should:

Have sufficient knowledge of scientific methods in order to be able to complete a bachelor in animal nursing at NMBU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Acquire a basic understanding of scientific research, and be able to:

  • Make a plan for the bachelor project based on a standard protocol for NMBU.
  • Make a relevant cover letter and registration form for implementation of a questionnaire related to their bachelor project.
  • Construct a database according to a standard template.
  • Be able to explain the main types of experimental design and statistical methods, and know which design and analysis that are appropriate for their bachelor project.
  • Know the principles of scientific authorship. Write a first draft (Word-file) of the bachelor thesis based on a standard template, including the use of EndNote for citations and bibliography.
  • Understand the importance of critical reading of scientific articles, and understand how systematical and random errors could give misleading information both in published articles and in their own project.
Learning activities:

Lectures, exercises and assignments

Write the protocol and start the development of own Bachelor thesis.

Copy on Canvas of all teaching material.Template files for protocol and Bachelor thesis on Canvas for use in bachelor at NMBU.Suggested reference book in statistics: Statistikk for helse- og sosialfagene, Arild Bjørndal og Dag Hofoss
MATH100 or similar background
Recommended prerequisites:
  • MATH100 or corresponding background
  • The students should formulate a specific aim for their thesis before the course.
Mandatory activity:
Presence at lectures is voluntary. Some exercises and presentations are compulsory. Details will be given at Canvas.

The course is passed when the following is fulfilled

  • Passed test on the last day of the course.
  • Uploaded, presented and approved study protocol and structure of the Bachelor thesis.
  • If the student do not pass the test it will need to be repeated and passed within three weeks or in conjunction with the course the following semester.

Grading: Pass/Fail

Nominal workload:

One ECTS is based on 30 hours of student work. The course corresponds to a total of 150 hours work.

  • Lectures (20 hours)
  • Follow-up of lectures (20 hours)
  • Work on assignments and group discussions (30 hours)
  • Work with protocol and initial work with the bachelor degree (50 hours)
  • Prepare for course test and presentation of protocol / first draft of the bachelor's thesis (30 hours)
Type of course:
Details are found on Canvas

Required equipment:

  • Students are asked to bring their own laptop
A sensor is a mandatory part of quality assurance system for the test used.
Examination details: KIFO course: Bestått / Ikke bestått