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Research Methods and Report Writing (5 cr)

Code: AT00CK26-3001

General information


21.11.2022 - 08.01.2023


09.01.2023 - 31.07.2023

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Virtual portion

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning


Faculty of Technology (LAB)


E-campus, Lahti

Teaching languages

  • English

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Solutions Engineering


  • Malahat Ghoreishi

Scheduling groups

  • Luennot (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)



Small groups

  • Luennot 1

Learning outcomes

The student is able to
- formulate and clarify the research topic
- formulate the research design
- use secondary data
- collect primary data through interviews
- collect primary data through questionnaires
- analyze qualitative and quantitative data
- write and present the project report

Implementation and methods of teaching

Research method course is a virtual course. Through this course students will learn how to do a successful research project. Students will learn how to identify the topic and develop the research questions based on their topic of interest. In addition, different methods and tools for collecting and analyzing data will be discussed during the course.
This course is interactive course and the major work and learning will occur during the lecturing sessions through different workshops and assignments. In addition, there will be individual assignments as a review of each lecture.
The final project counts as 50% of the final grade which will be done in a group of 3-4 students on the topic of interest for research. Also each group has to review one other group's final report as a peer and will present in the day of final presentation.
40% of the final grade relates to the assignments (individual and group).
More detailed and descriptive information will be uploaded in moodle.

Timing and attendance

The course is held during the Spring semester 09.01 - 26.04.2023. The course detailed timetable and schedule will be provided in moodle. Active participation of the course is 10% of the final grade.

Learning material and recommended literature

The course material is prepared based on scientific books and articles and other sources. The books used for teaching this course are:

Educational Research, Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Third Edition by John W. Creswell (2008)

Research Methods in Practice by Dahila K . Remler and Gregg G. Van Ryzin (2011)

All the course materials will be uploaded in moodel after each session including the additional learning material.

Alternative completion methods

Can be discussed with the instructor. Students should inform the teacher ASAP to discuss

Exam retakes

NO Exam

Learning environment

Online learning platform, ZOOM and Teams.

Student time use and work load

The average work load for this course is estimated to be 135 hours (5 ECTS). The main part of the study module´s work load consists of independent and group work, about 115 hours (including individual assignments and final group work). The time allocation for contact learning is about 20 hours.


This course will help you:
- To learn the nature of research
- To identify your topic
- To develop your research question based on your topic of interest
- To develop a research hypotheses, goals and objectives
- To learn how to design and structure your study
- To choose the methods and tools based on your study
- To collect data and analyse the data
- To interpret the data and report

Additional information for students: previous knowledge etc.


Assessment criteria

A minimum of 50 points is required to pass the course.

Assessment scale


Failed (0)

less than 50p is fail 0

Assessment criteria: level 1 (assessment scale 1–5)

Grade 1: 50 - 59 p
Grade 2: 60 - 69 p

Assessment criteria: level 3 (assessment scale 1–5)

Grade 3: 70 - 79 p
Grade 4: 80 - 89 p

Assessment criteria: level 5 (assessment scale 1–5)

Grade 5 requires a minimum of 90 p