Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course MVK030F valid from Spring 2014

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  • English
  • Every other spring semester
  • The course focuses on general research skills and aims to give a deeper understanding of the experimental method. It provides students with basic knowledge about fundamental concepts and techniques that are applied across a wide range of experimental research fields.
  • The course is built around examples and exercises as well as a small research project where the central concepts and techniques are applied. It covers central concepts related to science theory and the experimental method, basic statistics (applied), basic design of experiments, as well as a methodology that guides the participant through the three stages of experimental enquiry: Planning, Data Collection, and Analysis & Synthesis.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Understand the most basic concepts in science theory and how they apply to research in practice.
    Understand the difference between experimentation and passive observation.
    Understand the limitations of intuitive experimental procedures, such as changing one factor at a time or running trial-and-error experiments
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Be able to plan and carry out experiments that result in explanatory knowledge.
    Understand the principles of statistical hypothesis tests and apply the most common tests.
    Have basic functioning knowledge of Design of Experiments (DoE).
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Be able to judge the quality of the reasoning and scientific results of other researchers.
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Exercises
  • Project
Examination Formats
  • Written exam
  • Written report
  • Seminars given by participants
  • To pass the course the student must pass the written exam at the end of the course and participate in the project work. This involves planning and carrying out a small “research” project. The project results are to be presented in a short paper, which will be peer-reviewed by other participants. Finally, the results will be presented at a final workshop. To pass the course, students must also participate in a compulsory exercise and attend a majority of the lectures. Exercises may be carried out using Microsoft Excel or Mathworks Matlab.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • Admitted to research education.
Assumed Prior Knowledge
  • Qualified for research education in engineering, natural science or medicine.
Selection Criteria
  • The course is aimed for participants from the fields of engineering, natural science and medicine. Within this group, admission takes place on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Andersson, Ö.: Experiment! - Planning, Implementing and Interpreting. John Wiley & Sons, 2012. ISBN 9780470688250.
  • More information about the course book may be found at:
Further Information
  • Application via mail to:
Course code
  • MVK030F
Administrative Information
  •  -03-13
  • FN3/Per Tunestål

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

4 course occasions.

Course code ▽ Course Name ▽ Division ▽ Established ▽ Course syllabus valid from ▽ Start Date ▽ End Date ▽ Published ▽
MVK030F Experimental Methodology Energy Sciences Spring 2014 2014‑03‑18 2014‑06‑12
MVK030F Experimental Methodology Energy Sciences Spring 2014 2016‑03‑22 2016‑06‑17
MVK030F Experimental Methodology Energy Sciences Spring 2014 2018‑03‑06 2018‑06‑05
MVK030F Experimental Methodology Energy Sciences 2022‑01‑19 Spring 2014 2022‑01‑20 2022‑06‑10 2022‑01‑19

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