English   Danish

2016/2017  BA-BSEMV3001U  The Craft of Research

English Title
The Craft of Research

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 100
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Service Management
Course coordinator
  • Adriana Budeanu - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 04-03-2016
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the “conversational” nature of scholarship
  • To demonstrate their scholarly reading and writing abilities
  • To apply and demonstrate their information literacy and improved library skills
  • To demonstrate knowledge of, and to apply tools and skills that will help them in improving the composition of a major writing assignment
Course prerequisites
one semester of coursework at CBS
The Craft of Research:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

Reading and writing are essential academic competences with life-long applicability (for example, in writing work reports or job essays). Beneath the theoretical and methodological objectives of all CBS’s study programs, therefore, there is what may be called a “craft orientation”, an interest in cultivating the basic habits of mind that define scholarly work. The aim of this course is to help students develop this particular set of skills, useful first during university studies but also later, during professional activity, for writing and presenting ideas, reports or projects in a coherent well-articulated manner. It will introduce students to the view that research is an ongoing conversation among knowledgeable peers. It will then train the students to participate effectively in this conversation, especially through their written work. To this end, it will offer instruction in the resources that a modern research library makes available to scholars and the rules of good scholarly writing. 


At the beginning of the course, the students will be asked to select an assignment that has been submitted in a previous course, which they will be required to rework for this one. Students are expected to write a new paper on the basis of the old one, using the principles taught in the course. In addition to completely rewriting the prose of the original paper, they will be expected to expand it with additional library research. The reworked assignment will serve as the basis for a final submission.

Teaching methods
The course is organized as 13 teaching sessions. The first two are devoted to introducing the course and the conversational nature of scholarship. Five are devoted to writing skills, specifically, how to write the prose needed for the parts of a standard piece of social science writing: introduction, background, theory, method, analysis, implications and conclusion. Five sessions are devoted to the use of the library, specifically, how to conduct topic searches and citation searches of the scholarly literature (using EBSCO, Scopus, Web of Knowledge, etc.), how to use a selection of information databases (Orbis, Passport, Factiva, etc.), how to effectively navigate the Internet for useful information (Google, Wikipedia, etc.), and how to use reference management software. A final session will be devoted to concluding and evaluating the course.

Throughout the course students will be required to complete weekly written tasks designed to train and test everything from their ability to write a clear, declarative sentence to their ability construct an accurate bibliographical reference.
Student workload
lectures in class 30 hours
reading, preparation, working at home and exam 176 hours
Expected literature

Mandatory readings for the course:

  • Booth, Colomb and Williams. The Craft of Research. (available online via CBS library)
  • Graff and Birkenstein. They Say/I Say
Last updated on 04-03-2016