Courses on PhD level 2019

The following courses are given in 2019 within the postgraduate education in information technology. Graduate students in other subjects are also welcome to attend after consultation with their supervisor. Please contact us at forskarutbildning@his.se for registration on one of the courses.

Mandatory courses

Spring 2019

Scientific methodology and communication in informatics, IT918F, 7.5 ECTS. Course responsible: Jeremy Rose (jeremy.rose@his.se
The course is aimed at postgraduate students who need to discuss, plan, execute, report and critically review research results from various studies and from scientific literature. After the course, the student will be able to identify, choose and use research methods that support systematic work and communication for complex research problems where it is often necessary to use a variety of methods. Communication shall be in accordance with the requirements for publication in scientific journals.

Autumn 2019

Scientific theory in informatics, IT919F, 7.5 ECTS.
Course responsible: Jeremy Rose (jeremy.rose@his.se
In this course, the student will receive training in addressing scientific problems in informatics with well-founded arguments. Informatics is a broad field of science, which covers a number of subdisciplines. The course covers a wide range of key scientific theories within the subdisciplines that are included in the University's definition of information technology. The student also gets the opportunity to immerse himself in a certain theory based on his own interest. In addition, oral proficiency in English is trained by presenting and discussing relevant theories.

Scientific workshop in informatics I, IT927F, 5 ECTS.
Course responsible: Alan Said (alan.said@his.se) and Masood Fathi (masood.fathi@his.se)
Within the course, current research questions and research findings are analyzed and discussed. The course also trains the research student to present research and to provide constructive feedback to other people's research work.

Research ethics, IT925F, 5 ECTS.
Course responsible: Oskar MacGregor (oskar.macgregor@his.se
What are we allowed to, ethically speaking, do as part of our research? What kind of research is directly prohibited and what type is controlled and limited in any way? We can have a general idea of the answers to these questions, but for postgraduate students there may still be many question marks. The course examines practical and theoretical ethical frameworks for research, to begin answering these questions, thus clarifying what a researcher's ethical rights and responsibilities actually are.

Optional courses

Spring 2019

Software Engineering Experimentation, IT912F, 7,5 ECTS.
Course responsible: Birgitta Lindström (birgitta.lindstrom@his.se)
This course provides a detailed study of the scientific process; particularly using the experimental method. Examination of how empirical studies are carried out in computing in general and software engineering in particular. Review of the distinction between analytical techniques and empirical techniques. When is experimentation required in software engineering, and what kinds of problems can be solved using experimentation? How control variables and eliminate bias in experimentation? How analyze and present empirical data for decision making?

Domain-specific Conceptual Modeling and Method Engineering, IT934F, 5 ECTS.
Course responsible: Manfred Jeusfeldt (manfred.jeusfeldt@his.se)
The course targets postgraduate students whose research area includes the need to create conceptual models of their domain.Method engineering is the activity of designing domain-specific information systems development methods that only include the constructs needed for the target domain, in particular when several modeling viewpoints need to be integrated. A viewpoint is for example the data viewpoint, which makes statements about the data concepts of the considered domain. At the end of the course, students are able to create their own modeling methods by defining their constructs and semantics.

Establishing Research Projects with External Funding, IT935F, 4 ECTS. Course responsible: Tabea Dierker (tabea.dierker@his.se) and Jorgen Hansson (jorgen.hansson@his.se)
The pressure to receive external research funding has increased strongly during recent years and funding agencies make higher and higher demands. It is therefore important to understand both implicit and explicit demands. The course addresses important issues needed to establish externally funded research projects.
Last day for registration is 15th of February.

Autumn 2019

Scientific workshop in informatics II, IT928F, 5 ECTS.
Course responsible: Alan Said (alan.said@his.se) and Masood Fathi (masood.fathi@his.se)
Inom ramen för kursen analyseras och diskuteras aktuella forskningsfrågor och forskningsresultat inom ämnet. Kursen tränar också den forskarstuderande att själv presentera forskning samt att ge konstruktiv feedback till andras forskningsarbeten. 
The course Scientific workshop in informatics I is prerequisites for this course.

Systematic and Stringent Reviewing of Articles: Qualitative Analysis and Search-based Methods, IT926F, 4.5 ECTS.
Course responsible: Jonas Mellin (jonas.mellin@his.se)
The course addresses the selection and qualitative analysis of scientific sources such as articles to ensure systematic literature and theory coverage. Techniques for selecting sources adress, for example, browsing and snowballing. Qualitative analysis address, for example, deconstruction of articles into themes based on critical concepts and their relations; usage of criteria to evaluate and compare sources based on themes as well as reorganizing and synthesizing themes for different goals; development of tools for enabling comparative analysis; handling of mismatching terminologies as well as judgement of the quality of the publication channel are also addressed. Digital tools for, for example, keeping track of references as well as analyzing references are briefly addressed. All assignments are mainly based on articles in the field of the individual students and, at the end of the course, participants should have surveyed and analyzed a set of critical themes in their respective research field.

Gender, Technology, and Culture: Exploring Feminist Perspectives and Research Practices for Inclusive Development and Design of Technologies and Information Systems, 7.5 ECTS.

Course responsible: Lissa Holloway-Attaway (lissa.hollowayattaway@his.se).
In this course students will explore the relationship between technology development and design, information systems, and society in the context of gender studies, intersectional research, and feminist theory. Such approaches include perspectives from feminist Science and Technology Studies and within Feminist Technoscience, as well as in other critical perspectives for inclusive design in technology, media and engineering disciplines. Students will explore the ways in which gender and technology are co-constructed within complex social systems (educational, cultural, industry) and investigate how this may influence the design and implementation of new technologies and related discourses. Intersectional issues (race, class, ability, nationality) will also be examined, and students will draw on contemporary and historical perspectives to develop their analytical skills and deepen their awareness of inclusive development and design practices in socio-cultural contexts. The examinations in the course will consist of seminar discussions and directed readings, a short seminar paper/presentation, and a final research essay.