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2020/2021  BA-BHAAV6028U  CANCELED Methods

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Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Kirstine Zinck Pedersen - Department of Organization (IOA)
Contact information: studenthub@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 18-05-2020

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Learning objectives
  • To describe the difference between an interview, an observational study and a document analysis and reflect upon how the three methods generate different data
  • To discuss qualitative methods in relation to philosophy of science perspectives
  • To discuss qualitative methods in relation to evaluation criteria
  • To develop a coherent and case-specific qualitative study design including research question, method description, and philosophy of science perspective.
  • To understand, explain and apply significant theoretical and methodological concepts from the curriculum
Qualitative 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 3-5
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
A 5 page synopsis in which the students present a case-specific, coherent and analytically informe qualitative study design. The synopsis is written in groups of 3-5 students. It should include research question, method description, reflections about data collection and a discussion of philosophy of science perspective. All methodological choices must be properly explained and discussed using the course curriculum.
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If a student is absent from the oral exam due to documented illness but has handed in the written group product, she/he does not have to submit a new product for the re-take. However, the group product must be uploaded once again on Digital Exam before the deadline.
If a student has not participated in the written group product due to documented illness, he or she can attend the oral retake by handing in an individual synopsis before deadline.
If a student does not pass the regular exam, he or she can hand a new, revised or the same project by the submission date for the re-exam.
Description of the exam procedure

The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.


The oral exam begins with an approx. 3 minutes’ presentation based on the written synopsis. After this, the student will be examined based themes from the synopsis and the whole curriculum of the course.


Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course introduces the students to the task of writing academic projects, planning study designs, conducting qualitative inquiries and reflecting upon the study’s philosophy of science perspective and evaluation criteria. The course is particularly relevant for students who wish to use qualitative methods in their academic projects. However, knowledge of qualitative methodology specifically, and the development of study designs more generally, is also of more common importance in organizations today where, for instance, business strategy, introduction of management systems, and organizational change processes are often based on prior qualitative investigations.


The overall purpose of the course is to enable students to work systematically and analytically informed with qualitative methods such as observational studies, interviews and document analysis as well as to reflect upon the appropriateness of these methods for different areas of research and types of research questions. The students will further be presented with some basic philosophy of science perspectives in order to make informed decisions about how to develop coherent study designs and connect perspectives and methods accordingly. The students will also get to discuss challenges of data collection and analysis as well as how to assess the rigor, trustworthiness and ethics of qualitative studies. During exercises and in the final synopsis, the students will work in groups with a self-chosen case in order to practice the use of the presented methodological tools and theories.   

Description of the teaching methods
The teaching is a combination of lectures, discussions, group-work and exercises. The course is generally oriented towards making room for practicing and experimenting with the use of the presented methodological tools and theories though case-based exercises.
Feedback during the teaching period
Continuous feedback is part of group-work, exercises and student presentations.
Student workload
Participation in course 36 hours
Reading of curriculum 84 hours
Writing and working on synopsis 50 hours
Exam preparation 36 hours
Last updated on 18-05-2020