Course catalogue doctoral education - VT22

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Title Information Literacy, Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics
Course number 5302
Programme Health Care Science (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Notes The course meets the requirements for a general science course.

Date 2021-10-11 -- 2021-10-22
Responsible KI department Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The aim of this course is to enhance the doctoral student’s capacity to identify, analyse and critically reflect upon theories, concepts and problems in information literacy, philosophy of science and research ethics, especially problems that may rise in relation to medical research. The aim is also to provide the doctoral students with extended possibilities to develop a scientific and ethical approach to medical research.
Intended learning outcomes After the course the student is expected to be able to:

with respects to Information Literacy:
1) describe how search strategies are created and adjusted to a specific information source/database, and
2) be able to compare, evaluate and manage the outcome of different search strategies.

with respects to Philosophy of Science:
1) account for central concepts and theories in philosophy of science,
2) account for common problems that arise in the area of the philosophy of science, and
3) identify, analyze and discuss problems that arise in the area of philosophy of science, especially in the field of medical sciences.

with respects to Research Ethics (in accordance with

1) account for important research ethical theories, principles and, to a certain extent, guidelines,
2) account for common problems that arise in the area of research ethics,
3) identify, analyze and discuss ethical problems and conflicts that might emerge in the area of research on humans and animals, and
4) be able to carry out a research ethical argumentation for or against a particular procedure.
Contents of the course The course provides general scientific knowledge in a coherent block as an introductory basis for further doctoral education. The main content of the course:

Philosophy of science and research ethics 2 hp (Research ethics 1.5, philosophy of science 0.5)
Information literacy 1 hp
Teaching and learning activities The pedagogic framing is based on student activity with interactive lectures, seminars and workshops. The scheduled face-to-face activities in the course will be mixed with individual work and feedback from teachers and peers via the web-based platform Canvas.
Compulsory elements Assignments, seminars and group activities. Absence from seminars and group activities can be compensated by replacement activities.
Examination The knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired in the course will be assessed through written assignments and oral presentations. For a pass grade, the course participant has to show that all intended learning outcomes of the course have been achieved.
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature:

Information Literacy
Bettany-Saltikov, J. (2012). How to do a systematic literature review in nursing: A Step-by-step guide [Elektronisk resurs]. Kapitel 5. E-resource via reSEARCH på
Statens beredning för medicinsk och social utvärdering (2020). Utvärdering av metoder i hälso- och sjukvården: en handbok [Elektronisk resurs] (4., rev. uppl.). Kapitel 4. Tillgänglig från (for course participants who understand Swedish)

Philosophy of Science and Ethics
Johansson & Lynoe (2008) Medicine and Philosophy. A twenty first century introduction. Ontos förlag.
Number of students 8 - 20
Selection of students Doctoral students within the research school in health science will be given priority. In addition, priority for admission will be based on 1) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date), 2) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation).
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Additional course leader
Latest course evaluation Not available
Course responsible Gert Helgesson
Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics
Contact person Annelie Jonsson
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik