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2018/2019  BA-BIBAO1020U  Research Methods I

English Title
Research Methods I

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture
Course coordinator
  • Björn Jindra - Department of International Economics, Governance and Business (EGB)
The course is tought by Björn Jindra & Andreas Møller Mulvad
Main academic disciplines
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 13-12-2018

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Learning objectives
At the exam the student should demonstrate that s/he can live up to the following learning objectives:
  • Explain key theoretical approaches to interdisciplinary business research
  • Identify a research topic, critically review the appropriate existing literature and develop hypotheses that reflect the theoretical setting
  • Apply different qualitative tools including interviews,and surveys
  • Collect qualitative data through an interview and/or questionnaire
  • Structure and write a scientific piece of work
Research Methods I:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Group exam
Please note the rules in the Programme Regulations about identification of individual contributions.
Number of people in the group 2-3
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 7 days to prepare
Grading scale Pass / Fail
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals of research methodology, selected qualitative research methods and academic writing. The study of the material will allow the students to understand how methodological tools are used in research design and how applied in research projects. The course introduces students to two main theoretical approaches in modern interdisciplinary business research, namely interpretivism and positivism, which will help them in building their methodological and reflexive skills. These skills include formulating a research question, creating a research design, collecting and analysing relevant data, and academic writing. The course provides an overview of different qualitative tools such as narrative methods, discourse analysis, interviews, qualitative and quantitative surveys. The course offers in- depth practical information for students on how to prepare an interview as well as how to design a written questionnaire. The course uses relevant examples and material from research related to international business in Asia.

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching consists of lecturing and tutorial sessions. Lectures focus on presenting theory, concepts and insights, while tutorials focus on applying these to concrete exercises. During tutorials students will be asked to either work individually or in small groups to facilitate learning. The course will also make use of online elements.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is further offered in response to your questions and work whenever feasible although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take full advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes. We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student workload
Lectures 20 hours
Exercises 24 hours
Preparation 92 hours
Examination 70 hours
Further Information

Please note that this course is new and will be offered for the first time in spring 2019 in the new IBA structure following the IBA programme reform.

Expected literature

Textbook: Saunders, Mark, Lewis, Philip & Thornhill, Adrian. Latest Edition. Research Methods for Business students.



Please note that this is the expected literature and it may be subject to change.

Last updated on 13-12-2018