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2020/2021  BA-BBLCO2015U  Interdisciplinary Research Methods

English Title
Interdisciplinary Research Methods

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 and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Magali Gravier - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 25-01-2021

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Learning objectives
  • Describe different research approaches and philosophies of science.
  • Select and apply concepts, theories and other analytical tools of the course to research situations.
  • Design appropriate data collection plans to address particular research issues.
  • Explain and justify data collection plans to address particular research issues.
  • Formulate a clear and well-structured argumentation for the research design.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see s. 13 of the Programme Regulations): 3
Compulsory home assignments
Students must submit 3 mandatory assignments out of 5 possible mandatory assignments. The students are free to choose which 3 mandatory assignments out of the 5 possible they wish to submit. The assignments are graded with pass/fail. There will not be planned any retake options for students who have not submitted 3 assignments.
Interdisciplinary Research Methods:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Please see text below
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

4 hours written home assignment.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The Interdisciplinary Research Methods course is designed to introduce BLC students to research methods, the nature of their participation in social science research and reflection. The course is organised around lectures, group discussions and individual study (blended learning). The course focuses on interdisciplinary problem-oriented knowledge production in project work.


The practical, reflective, and reflexive tasks of the contemporary Business School researcher as an individual aware of her or his own cognitional processes will be developed. Building upon this self-appropriation, the methods lectures will introduce and/or refine interview methods and skills and explore how different qualitative and quantitative methods approaches can be used to enhance research validity and reliability. Key aspects of the philosophy of science will be covered insofar as these result in more proficient, reflective, and reflexively aware organizational researchers.

Description of the teaching methods
Methods include lectures, class discussion, class exercises (individual and group work), home-learning (using Canvas: mainly quizzes, videos) and homework (reading and exercises). There will be three assignments during the course.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive feedback via Canvas and in class from the teacher. There will be provided feedback on the assignments. One exercise will involve peer reviewing between students.
Student workload
Lectures 36 hours
Exam 4 hours
Preparation 166 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

To be announced on Canvas

Last updated on 25-01-2021