Course code FHV315

FHV315 Philosophy of science and research methods, public health

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2017 - 2018 .

Course responsible: Ingeborg Amalie Pedersen
Teachers: Karl-Arne Næss Korseberg, Geir Aamodt
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Autumn parallel
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Preferential right:
Course contents:

- Introduction to important traditions within philosophy of science 

 - Introduction to various kinds of research questions and the relationship between research questions and design.

- Introduction to research ethics

- Introduction to various qualitative research design, data collection methods and analysis

- Introduction to various quantitative research design, data collection methods and analysis

- Introduction to quality requirements in qualitative and quantitative research

Learning outcome:


¿ Have knowledge of important tradisions within philosophy of science and approaches relevant to the field.

¿ Have knowledge of the ethical issues related to research in the field.

¿ Have knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection methods and data analysis traditions.

¿ Have knowledge of assessing the quality of qualitative and quantitative research.


¿ Be able to reflect critically and independently on relationships between research questions, research design, choice of methodology and research ethics.

¿ Be able to use important qualitative and quantitative methods and software for analysis.

¿ Be able to reflect critically on the choice of research design, methodology and research results based on scientific arguments.


¿ Be able to apply their knowledge and skills on research related issues

¿ Be able to analyze and handle relevant ethical issus connected to practice and research

¿ Be able to communicate issues connected to the field, and analyzes and conclusions based on the discipline's expression, both with experts and the public.

¿ Be able to contribute to innovation in research and evidence-based practice and participate in professional critical reflection.

Learning activities:
Lectures, lectures via video, seminars, data-lab and self study
Teaching support:
An overview will be available upon the start of the course
Bachelor degree or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
Assignment in philosophy of science and in qualitativ method, written exam in quantitativ method. Each part count 1/3 of final grade.
Nominal workload:
450 hours
Type of course:
The course is based on 3-5 gatherings, approx.15 days full time
External examiner will participate in part of the evaluation
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått