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407041A Basic Course in Qualitative Research, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 407041A  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name Basic Course in Qualitative Research  Abbreviation Basic Course in 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline2505 Education 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Education 

Anu Alanko 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 

Finnish, English for ITE


2nd or 3rd year

Learning outcomes 

Having completed the course, the student knows how to 

  • define the basic ideas in the approaches and methods of research in the human sciences from the viewpoint of different traditions of science 
  • find different and most suitable approaches to gather research material and to analyze it  
  • plan and implement the main stages of a simple qualitative study 
  • evaluate and interpret simple qualitative studies made by others  
  • starting-points of qualitative research
  • theories and concepts in qualitative research
  • different approaches to qualitative research
  • formulation and shaping of research questions in qualitative research
  • progression and main stages of the research process
  • data in qualitative research
  • research plan


Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 18 h, seminars 16, independent work app. 100 h 

Target group 

All students in the faculty pursuing Intermediate Studies in Education

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 

The study module is part of the intermediate studies in education/psychology and it supports the writing of a Bachelor's thesis

Recommended or required reading 

English literature on request. Contact the teacher responsible for the course.  

Assessment methods and criteria 


The students compose learning assignments, either alone or in pairs, with the goal of applying the contribution of the lectures and literature to the formulation of the theme or problem setting of their own Bachelor's theses.


The students compose either alone or in pairs a research plan for their Bachelor's thesis.


The lecture assignments are graded Pass or Fail.

The research plan composed in a small group is graded on a scale from 0 to 5.

Person responsible 

Anu Alanko

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

Research studies completed elsewhere can once replace the research studies taken in the faculty. The studies taken in the faculty can also once replace the research studies in a minor subject, if the original studies were completed in the faculty (and were not acknowledged through recognition of prior learning). Otherwise, the teacher-in-charge shall decide on the studies to be taken.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Qualitative research basic course (summer course 2021)  Course  Anu Alanko  17.05.21 -18.08.21
Registration Basic course in qualitative research  Course  Anu Alanko  31.08.21 -06.05.22
registration period has not begun Kvalitatiivisen tutkimuksen peruskurssi/ KESÄ 2022  Course  Anu Alanko  23.05.22 -08.06.22

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