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2018/2019  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 Fourth Quarter, Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Social Sciences
Course coordinator
  • Torsten Ringberg - Department of Marketing (Marketing)
Main academic disciplines
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
  • Service management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 25-06-2018

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Learning objectives
  • To account for the basic elements of Philosophy of science.
  • To explain and evaluate the pros and cons of introduced qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods and which types of research questions they are particularly useful for.
  • To account for the different types of research schemes (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods).
  • To justify a logical coherence between the choice of research question, method of data collection, method of analysis, theoretical framework, and hypotheses (when relevant).
  • To assess how their research scheme leads to the expected results.
  • Follow academic conventions and scientific rigor in the written (and oral) presentation.
Research Methods:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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 2-5
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
15 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If a student is ill during the regular oral exam, he/she will be able to re-use the project at the make-up exam. If a student is ill during the writing of the project and did not contribute to the project, the make-up exam can be written individually or in groups (provided that other students are taking the make-up/re-exam). If the student did not pass the regular exam, he/she must make a new revised project (confer advice from the examiner) and hand it in on a new deadline specified by the secretariat.
Description of the exam procedure

Oral defense:

2 students: 30 minutes

3 students: 45 minutes
4-5 students: 60 minutes

Course content and structure

This course is placed in the fourth quarter, as it lays out the academic fundamentals for the upcoming master thesis. The purpose of the course is to prepare the student for the final thesis and equip him/her with a research method toolbox of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods.


The student should be able: 

  • To formulate working assumptions based on a (proper) problem formulation
  • To identify and choose a relevant research question
  • To choose relevant qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods for the underlying research question
  • To establish how best to analyse the data (quantitatively and/or qualitatively)
  • To identify and choose relevant theories (and hypotheses when relevant) for analytic purposes
Description of the teaching methods
The course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, hands-on experience, and case-studies. Thorough preparation and in-class participation are expected.
The readings, exercises, and tests will make you familiar with the various methods within social research so that you can better decide which is suited for your field of interest.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is provided through class-discussions, peer-group-feedback, and feedback right after the oral exam.
Student workload
Course activities (including preparation) 170 hours
Exam (including exam preparation) 36 hours
Last updated on 25-06-2018