This page in Swedish

Doctoral course

Qualitative Methods in Information Systems Research, 7.5 credits

Course information

Research education subject

  • Informatics

Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus


Course content

The course aims to provide the doctoral student training in assessing research and research publications in the field of informatics from a methodological perspective.

The course includes:

  • studies of literature on qualitative research in Informatics
  • analysis of characteristics of various qualitative methods in general and as a tool in doctoral-projects in particular
  • analysis of the use of qualitative methods in current publications (research articles) based on current research method literature


Intended course learning outcomes

To obtain a passing grade, the doctoral student shall demonstrate:sufficient depth and specific knowledge of the historical development and current status of the use of qualitative methods in Informatics research to understand and take part in methodological discussions in leading Informatics journals.

  1. ability to present, analyse and discuss qualitative research methods in general and those used in Informatics research in particular.
  2. ability to present, explain and critically analyse research methods used in Informatics research, how they are used and what the contentious methodological issues are.
  3. ability to discuss and analyse the concept of "research quality" as defined by various research methods.
  4. ability to evaluate published qualitative research from a methodological perspective
  5. ability to assess how different qualitative methods can be used in a doctoral-project.
  6. ability to explain and analyse research methods from an ethical perspective.