English   Danish

2017/2018  KAN-CSSMO1601U  Research Methods

English Title
Research Methods

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter, Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Social Sciences
Course coordinator
  • Pernille Rydén - Department of Marketing (Marketing)
Main academic disciplines
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
  • Service management
Last updated on 26-06-2017

Relevant links

Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • To account for the basic elements of Philosophy of science.
  • To be able to justify why a specific methodology is chosen – related to the formulated working assumptions or hypotheses
  • To assess, analyze, and evaluate analysis results
  • To design and plan basic qualitative research schemes
Research Methods:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
Aids Limited aids, see the list below:
The student is allowed to bring
  • Any calculator
  • Books (including translation dictionaries), compendiums and notes in paper format
At all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam : Read more about exam aids and IT application packages here
Make-up exam/re-exam Oral Exam
Duration: 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time: With the listed preparation time: 20 Minutes
Examiner(s):: If it is an internal examination, there will be a second internal examiner at the re-exam.
Aids: Limited aids, see the list below
The student is allowed to bring to the preparation room
  • Any calculator
  • Books (including translation dictionaries), compendiums and notes in paper format.
The student is also allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the preparation time.
Course content and structure

This course is placed in the first quarter, as it lays out the academic fundamentals concerning empirical data and academic rigor when arguing. The purpose of the course is to prepare you for the final thesis and equip you with a qualitative research method toolbox:


  • Be able to formulate working assumptions based on a (proper) problem formulation
  • Identify and choose relevant theories for analytic purposes

  • Research management as a key to predict and plan capacity

  • Learn how to choose relevant qualitative methodologies, or combined with quantitative methods

Teaching methods
The course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and case-studies. Thorough preparation and in-class participation is expected.
The readings, exercises, and tests will make you familiar with the various methods within social research so that you can better decide which of the tools are the best suited for your field of interest.
The learning approach is based on student practice: the theory must be applied during and/or between the sessions.
Feedback during the teaching period
Tests will be offered online so you can make self-assessments underway.
The self-study works as a peer-reviewed ‘mock exam’. We encourage you to write as much as possible to train your written proficiency.
We apply a peer learning principle. This means we encourage you to upload and share your products for inspiration and discussion.
Student workload
Course activities (including preparation) 170 hours
Exam (including exam preparation) 36 hours
Last updated on 26-06-2017