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2017/2018  BA-BINMO1052U  2nd Year Project

English Title
2nd Year Project

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration Two Quarters
Start time of the course Third Quarter, Fourth Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course coordinator
  • Mari-Klara Stein - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
  • Organization
Last updated on 14-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • integrate the subjects taught during the 2nd year
  • formulate, delimit and analyze a research problem with an academic approach
  • apply the theories and methods relevant to the 2nd Year Project to explain aspects of the project
  • ensure a logical coherence between problem statement, analysis and conclusion
  • present the 2nd Year Project in a clearly formulated, well structured and accessible form
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 1
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
Research Proposal. 5 pages. This is graded pass/fail by the course coordinator. Having a "pass" grade for the research proposal is a prerequisite for handing in the 2nd year project report.
Second Year Project:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 3-4
Size of written product Max. 45 pages
Regulations regarding the length of the 2nd Year Project:

Number of
Students Max. number of pages

3 students 40 pages (86.450)
4 students 45 pages (102.375)
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
1) For projects, where some of the group members receive a grade 00 or below, these students must submit, before the re-take, individual revised versions of the report.
2) For projects where all members are awarded a grade of 00 or below, the overall project is deemed unacceptable. Before the re-take the project must be revised and improved.
Course content and structure

The course is split into 2 sections that follow after each other
a) Interdisciplinary Research Methods 2 (IRM2)
b) 2nd Year Project Workshops (2YP)

Contents and Structure part 1: – IRM2
The course revisits the foundations of scientific knowledge creation to explore basic notions, concepts and ideas in more depth as well as to further develop competencies of analytical thinking and coherent argumentation according to the conventions of scientific research. Against this backdrop, the course explores the basic choices and their consequences every researcher has to face in order to be able to establish a research rationale logically linking epistemological concepts with methodological considerations and research design.
This course should be seen as an introductory class to the practical workshops on qualitative methodology accompanying the work for the part “2nd Year Project” (2YP).
Contents and Structure part 2: – YP2

The 2nd Year Project is the second major independent work in the BA(im) programme. Emphasis is on learning to perform at a more advanced level of interdisciplinarity.This involves being able to successfully integrate and link topics and theoretical perspectives covered during the 2nd year, as well as consider multiple relevant research methods. The students are expected to be able to formulate, delimit and analyse a problem and research questions, and, finally, critically reflect on and evaluate the choices made during the project.
The project work will be accompanied by a series of workshops introducing key concepts and practices of qualitative research in a hands-on manner. The workshops are designed to guide through the whole research process from research question and data collection to data analysis and project report. These workshops are to be seen as a continuation of the IRM2 part (Interdisciplinary Research Methods 2).

Teaching methods
IRM2 Part
Based on the principles of student-centred learning, the learning methods will be a mix of interactive lectures, thought experiments, practical exercises as well as group and class discussions.

YP2 Part
Based on the principles of student-centred learning, the learning methods applied in the workshops, accompanying the work for the 2nd Year Project, will focus extensively on practical exercises and hands-on activities enriched by interactive lectures, group and class discussions as well as student presentations.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive feedback on the mandatory assignment (research proposal) that will help them improve their final project report.
Students will also have the chance to present their projects and receive feedback before final submission.
Student workload
Lectures and workshops 30 hours
Preparation for lectures and workshops 90 hours
Mandatory assignment 40 hours
Project work 230 hours
Exam preparation 22 hours
Total hours 412 hours
Expected literature

The literatue can be changed before the semester starts. Students are advised to find the literature on LEARN before they buy the books.


Oates, B.J. (2006). Researching Information Systems and Computing. SAGE Publications: London, UK. 

Academic journal articles. 

Last updated on 14-06-2017