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811382A Introduction to research work, 4 ECTS cr 
Code 811382A  Validity 01.08.2011 - 31.07.2015
Name Introduction to research work  Abbreviation Introduction to 
Scope4 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Halonen, Raija Helena 

ECTS Credits 

4 ECTS credits/108 hours of work

Language of instruction 



Timing: 3 rd year, autumn semester, period 1,2 and 3

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course, students:

•    Are able to discuss the role of research in society and the university, and know the body of research within their own field of science;
•    Know the basic elements of the research process for each output;
•    Are able to explain the research process;
•    Understand the importance of research in scientific publishing;
•    Are able to assess the different channels of publication and are able to use at least two ways of assessing publishing quality, i.e. the quality of the publication and the appropriate number of references;
•    Understand the importance of scientific argument, know the argument of structural elements and able to analyse simple argument structures;
•    Are aware of the role of empirical data in research, are able to apply some of the key data collection and analysis methods and are able to justify a choice among al-ternative approaches;
•    Are able to comment on the research report;
•    Are able to write queries and retrieve publications in the reference databases.


General information about research, scientific publishing, scientific argumentation, methods for empirical data collection and analysis, information searching using scientific databases.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Mode of delivery: Lectures 20h, exercises 80h

Target group 


Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Preparation for candidate thesis, 030005P Introduction to Information Retrieval

Recommended optional programme components 

Preparation for candidate thesis, 030005P Introduction to Information Retrieval

Recommended or required reading 

Lecture notes, exercise notes, scientific publications

Assessment methods and criteria 

Assessment methods and criteria: Participation to lectures and exercises, evaluation of submitted results.


Pass/fail or 1–5

Person responsible 

Raija Halonen

Working life cooperation 



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