Science, research methods and scientific papers, with focus on computer science

  • Credits 7.5 credits
  • Study location Independent of location
  • $stringTranslations.StartDate 2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17 (part time 25%)
  • Education ordinance Second cycle
  • Course code DVA470
  • Main area Computer Science

Please note that applications are closed for this course for the duration of autumn semester 2020.

The course aims to give students an introduction to the concepts and issues of science theory, as well as a basic knowledge of research methods in science and technology, especially computer science. Students become acquainted with the scientific language by reading and summarising a number of scientific papers.

Information retrieval and a source- critical attitude are practiced when writing the scientific article that is written and presented during the course. The students develop their analytical skills and critical thinking as they review and oppose others’ articles.

About this course

Course modules:

  1. Science theory. What is science and what is not? The scientific method for creating knowledge.
  2. Research methodology in science and technology. Research methodology for computer science.
  3. Scientific writing. Reading and summarising scientific papers. Searching scientific papers. Writing and presentation of a scientific paper.

Learning outcomes

The student should after course completion be able to:

  • know and use central concepts and issues in science theory
  • know the criteria for pseudoscience
  • be familiar with reading, summarising and reviewing scientific papers
  • know some important research methods in computer science
  • write a scientific paper (based on own work or information found in scientific papers or similar), relate the paper to science theory and research methods, and present the paper
  • oppose others’ presentations
  • practice a critical approach to knowledge, science and research

Entry requirements

  • 120 credits of which at least 60 credits in technology or informatics, including at least 30 credits in programming or software development.
  • In addition, English course A/English course 6 is required.

You can also apply for the course and get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc.

Course title in Swedish

Vetenskap, forskning och vetenskapliga artiklar, med fokus på datavetenskap





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Course syllabus

You can read in detail about the course, it's content and literature and so on in the course syllabus

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Application information

After submitting your electronic application, the next step is to submit documentation to demonstrate your eligibility for the course you have applied for. In order to document your eligibility, you must provide your high school diploma and university transcript and proof of your English language proficiency.

Entry requirements

To meet the entry requirements for this course you need to have previous academic qualifications (university studies). You will find the specific entry requirements above.

No academic qualifications?

If you do not have the formal academic qualifications needed for a specific course, you can apply for the course and get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc. This is also known as a validation of prior learning.

Recognition of prior learning means the mapping out and assessment of an individual's competence and qualifications, regardless how, where or when they were acquired – in the formal education system or in some other way in Sweden or abroad, just recently or a long time ago.

If you think your knowledge and competences will qualify you for this course, you will need to upload th following with your application:

  • CV with description of your educational and professional background. Your CV must describe your knowledge and competences in relation to the entry requirements.
  • If you refer to work experience, you need to upload an Employers certificate.

If we need more information, we will contact you.


The courses are part of the Prompt project where MDH offers courses at master's level. The courses are given online without physical meetings and are flexible in time and space so that they can be combined with professional life.

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