Research Methodology


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

In the module students will learn to plan large and complex research studies independently and on the basis of Information Architecture. Emphasis will be on the student’s independent identification and description of the research object, and on the student’s reflections on various methodological approaches for the implementation of the research study, including quantitative and qualitative approaches.

The module comprises virtual courses, seminars and supervision within the following area:

  • research design

Learning objectives


In this module students will acquire knowledge of:

  • disciplinary paradigms and scientific methods
  • the correlation between theory of science, scientific methods and choice of theory in scientific research studies


In this module students will acquire skills in:

  • structuring subject specific research studies and research projects, including choice of research object, method and theory
  • assessing the consequences of various methodological and theoretical approaches to subject specific studies and research projects


In this module students will acquire competences in:

  • structuring subject specific studies and research projects in specific contexts in practice
  • working independently and engaging in professional collaboration as regards the structuring of subject specific studies and research projects, with a professional approach.



Name of examResearch Methodology
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination is a take-home assignment in which the student/s will explain the design of a large subject specific study within the disciplinary area of the programme, on the basis of the module, however the actual study will not be carried out. The student/s will choose the topic, and the submission deadline will be set by the Study Board.

The written assignment may be prepared in groups of up to three students. If the written assignment is prepared in a group, it must be stated which student is responsible for which part of the work. The written performance will be assessed, that is, each student will be assessed on the basis of the specific paragraphs written by that student. The written assignment paper must not exceed eight pages if written individually, ten pages if written in groups of two, and twelve pages if written in groups of three students.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleResearch Methodology
Module codeKAINFOAR184
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
9. semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Communication and Digital Media
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities