Research Design and -Communication


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Different types of research problems
  • The design requirements of high-quality scientific research, using two chief methodologies and underlying variants:
    • Case research, including the design of traditional case studies, action research/collaborative research and studies based on design theory/design thinking.
    • Survey research, including the design of questionnaires and research using external databases.
  • Epistemological positions in engineering/management research, including:
    • The role of epistemology in engineering/management research.
    • The most important epistemological approaches.
    • Challenges related to inter- and transdisciplinary research.
  • The typical acceptance criteria conferences and journals have for papers/presentations and articles, respectively.


  • Design high-quality and publishable scientific research (details: below).
  • Design high-quality conference papers, presentations and journal articles.


  • Designing a research project in terms of developing/choosing and accounting for:
    • The research problem(s) and its relevance
    • Hypotheses, propositions, research model, analytical framework.
    • Operationalization of the research constructs.
    • Data collection methods, sources and storing.
    • Data validation methods.
    • Data analysis methods and criteria.
    • Research limitations, including unit of analysis and its context, and method(s)
    • Research schedule and contingency plan
  • Identifying outlets (conferences, journals) and developing a communication plan.
  • Designing high-quality conference papers, journal articles and other forms of communication, including presentations and working papers.

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examResearch Design and -Communication
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleForskningsdesign og –kommunikation
Module codeM-OM-K3-4
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Management Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Production
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science