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Research Methods in Software Engineering

Bachelor’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)


The course prepares students for conducting their bachelor thesis project and for professions in the fields of software engineering and software management. It balances both theoretical and practical considerations of research.

The course has the following sub themes:

  • Strategies and methods for software engineering studies with design science
  • Case study research
  • Surveys
  • Experiments
  • Statistical analysis
  • Systematic literature reviews
  • Systematic mapping studies

These items together constitute the course.Students will apply a subset of the themes in their final report to gain practical experience in designing research. The knowledge obtained is generally useful, and applicable in most professions that require an academic degree.

Prerequisites and selection