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2011/2012  BA-HAS_MII  Methods II: Foundations and Qualitative Methods

English Title
Methods II: Foundations and Qualitative Methods

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Fourth Quarter
Please note! The course is also offered Second Quarter in the Fall for the credit class students.
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in Service Management
Course Coordinator
  • Jesper Strandgaard - Department of Organization
Main Category of the Course
  • Philosophy and philosophy of science
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
  • Explain and discuss basic concepts within the theory of science: central perspectives that regard knowledge production processes based on empirical research.
  • Identify a research object or problem area and propose an operable research question.
  • Discuss and develop different research strategies, appropriate to form research projects that aim to study specific objects and phenomena.
  • Explain, discuss and assess benefits and drawbacks of central qualitative methods and methodological concepts (with a particular focus on participant observation, interviews and document analysis), with reference to relevant research questions.
  • Present written output in a structured and linguistically fluent form.
Students not enrolled in BSc in Business Administration & Service Management must document a level in English equal to TOEFL 575, and A level in mathematics equal to Danish level B
Methods II: Foundations and Qualitative Methods:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Summer Term and May/June, Exam period for the credit class is Winter Term
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 20 Minutes
The final exam is a 72-hour group project, in which the students produce a written paper of 10 pages. The size of the groups should be 2-3 students. The group project is followed by an individual, 20 minutes oral exam, which takes the written paper as the point of departure, but that also refers more generally to the concepts and discussions introduced in class and in the course literature.
Make-up examinations are given as an individual oral exam based on the group project. Re-take examinations are given as an individual oral exam based on the group project handed in for the regular examination, as well as a supplementary piece, max. 5 pages in length.
Course Content

Course objective:
The primary objective of the course is to present central qualitative methods and theoretical concepts that are required to carry out empirical business research, and to train the student’s capability of discussing and assessing these.

Course content:
The initial part of the course (2X3 lectures) will introduce the students to basic concepts that regard theory of science and knowledge production within social science research. This part aims to establish an awareness of the concerns and possibilities that different approaches to studying the social may contain.

The remaining part of the course focuses on central qualitative methods, used in business studies. In the class the students are exposed to – and will be actively discussing – three central methodological techniques: participant observation, interviews, focusgroup interviews and document analysis. The course aims to train the student’s ability to use and combine these techniques in a competent manner, and thus to enhance their analytical abilities.

Teaching Methods
Lecture, group exercises, and plenary discussions.
Student Workload
Classes 30 hours
Preparation for class 109 hours
Home assignments 14 hours
Exam 72 hours

A compendium is available in SL Books at Solbjerg Plads. It contains key chapters from a number of methodology books, including Kristin G. Esterberg: “Qualitative Methods in Social Research”, Päivi Eriksson and Anne Kovailainen: “Qualitative Methods in Business Research” and Alan Bryman and Emma Bell, “Business Research Methods”

Please note, minor changes may occur. The teacher will upload the final reading list to sitescape/learn two weeks before the course starts.