IFEL8000 - Forskningsmetodikk, vitenskapsteori og etikk

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Vurderingsordning: Rapport
Karakter: Bestått/Ikke bestått

Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Hjelpemidler Delkarakter
Rapport 100/100

Faglig innhold

This is a mandatory course for PhD students at the Faculty of Engineering, beyond the minimum requirement of 30 ECTS credits.

The course contents are:
Practical information about study phases, course requirements and PhD thesis, personnel involved, psychological and social factors,
PhD student’s and supervisor’s role, overview of research planning;
time management.

Research method: Criteria for good scientific practice, literature review, critical use of existing knowledge, generalise and define limits for generalization of new findings.

Scientific publishing: Classification of conferences and journals, judging what material is publishable; publishing, referee process.

Theory of science: Theory of science and engineering science- viz innovation, systemizing and classifying, hypothesis development and testing, establishing laws and models, criticizing own and others work.

Ethics: Ethics in engineering; engineering and natural sciences, avoid research that cause unjustified risk to people, jeopardize the environment or convert public resources into private profits, striving for objectivity (in the research process and in presentation of results), handling uncertainty.

Development of research plan.


The overall aim of this subject is to establish a common basis for the PhD research education within the Faculty of Engineering as well as to provide insight into the history and theory of science, qualitative and quantitative research methodology
and research ethics.

After completion of this subject the candidate should have insight into the theory of science and research methodology,
research ethics as well as the quality criteria for research.

After completing this subject the candidate should be able to

-formulate research goals and a plan to reach this goals within the subject area of the candidate, and especially prepare the research plan for his PhD thesis.
-carry out literature search and acquire knowledge from scientific articles.
-understand the peer review process for scientific articles.
-reflect about ethical issues in research.

General competence:
After completion of this subject the candidate should have developed his understanding of quality in research as well as his ability to reason in a critical manner and utilize this ability to ensure quality control and further development of the knowledge present in the scientific literature.

Læringsformer og aktiviteter

Lectures, group discussions and self study. Lectures to be announced and independent projects work.

Mandatory attendance and preparation of an approved research plan.

Obligatoriske aktiviteter

  • Obligatorisk oppmøte på 8 av 11 forelesninger

Spesielle vilkår

Vurderingsmelding krever godkjent undervisningsmelding samme semester. Obligatorisk aktivitet fra tidligere semester kan godkjennes av instituttet.


This course is open only for PhD candidates at IV Faculty.


Textbooks and lecture notes.

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Versjon: 1
Studiepoeng:  4.0 SP
Studienivå: Doktorgrads nivå


Termin nr.: 1
Undervises:  HØST 2020

Termin nr.: 1
Undervises:  VÅR 2021

Undervisningsspråk: Engelsk

Sted: Trondheim

  • Ingeniørvitenskap
Emneansvarlig/koordinator: Faglærer(e):

Ansvarlig enhet
Fakultet for ingeniørvitenskap



Vurderingsordning: Rapport

Termin Statuskode Vurderings-form Vekting Hjelpemidler Dato Tid Digital eksamen Rom *
Høst ORD Rapport 100/100
Rom Bygning Antall kandidater
Vår ORD Rapport 100/100
Rom Bygning Antall kandidater
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