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2021/2022  BA-BDMAO3021U  Research Methods

English Title
Research Methods

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
BSc in Digital Management
Course coordinator
  • Nanna Bonde Thylstrup - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 02-12-2021

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Learning objectives
This course has three objectives.
  • Firstly, it will enable you to conduct independent scientific investigation of a broad spectrum of issues linked to digital management
  • Secondly, it will enable you to assess existing research in an independent manner.
  • Finally, it will develop your ability to discuss a defined methodological issue in a systematic manner.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see section 13 of the Programme Regulations): 3
Compulsory home assignments
Three compulsory assignments. The students need to pass the mandatory assignments to take the exam of the course. If one or more assignments are not approved, the student will have to hand in a new and improved version. The students who fail to complete the compulsory assignments will not be able to take the ordinary exam.
Research Methods:
Exam ECTS 15
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 2-5
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Make-up exam/re-exam: Same examination form as the ordinary exam. If a student falls ill during the writing process and is unable to participate in the group exam, the individual student will be tasked with handing in a 10 page written exam assignment in response to a predefined research question. The paper will receive a grade based on the submitted material.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam must be handed in through Digital Exam. It must be 10 pages long (including footnotes/endnotes).

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course presents and discusses methodology issues that are central to empirical research. First of all, different types of explanations will be presented. Next, the formulation of the issues and research questions and the interrelationships between choice of research question and research design will be discussed. Then, different methods of collecting and analysing data material will be reviewed. Finally, selected topics within statistical analysis will be presented and discussed.



Description of the teaching methods
The course will comprise a lecture series and workshops. More information will be given at the beginning of the semester. Teaching is held during daytime. Detailed course-information is found on the Canvas page for the current semester.
Feedback during the teaching period
In the workshop session student groups will prepare feedback to each other's (mandatory) assignments (Peer feedback with Peergrade).

Student workload
Lectures 48 hours
Exercise 40 hours
Expected literature

Indicative course reading

  • Russell K. Schutt. 2020. Understanding the Social World: Research Methods for the 21st Century. Sage Publications, Inc


Last updated on 02-12-2021