Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course VBE020F valid from Autumn 2021

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  • English
  • Once every semester
  • The course aims to equip participants with a broad range of skills, knowledge and tools to undertake research at the doctoral level and the many ways in which it can be accomplished successfully. The course adopts a practical approach to designing and undertaking a research project.
  • The course covers: (1) research models, strategies and methods; (2) experiments, surveys and case studies; (3) data analysis and presentation; and (4) scientific and technical writing.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Show proof of practical insights into the research process in addition to the scientific basis for research within a university environment and in industry.
    Be able to formulate scientific questions based on the searching for relevant information.
    Present data communicatively, oral and written expression
    Be able to lead a discussion in a scientific topic
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Independently be able to make informed judgement in scientific matters by effective use of information
    Independently conduct investigations and observations
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Show a critical attitude that includes a meta-cognitive perspective with e.g. self-reflection and self-evaluation.
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Exercises
  • Project
  • Lectures, workshop sessions, assignments. The course is structured around four themes. The course platform is Canvas.
Examination Formats
  • Written assignments
  • To pass the course, participants must achieve 80% attendance and submit, and pass, a multi-part assignment linking the subject matter and learning to the participant’s research project.
    Examinator: Brian Atkin
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • Before the course starts, the course participants must present a short description of their research projects and their status.
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • Fellows, R. & Lui, A.M.M.: Research Methods for Construction, 4th edition, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. 2015.
  • a 5th edition is scheduled for publication in October 2021
Further Information
  • Course coordinators: Brian Atkin, Radhlinah Aulin
Course code
  • VBE020F
Administrative Information
  • 2021-09-09
  • Gudbjörg Erlingsdóttir

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