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2021/2022  BA-BIBAO1022U  Research Methods I: Introduction and Qualitative Methods

English Title
Research Methods I: Introduction and Qualitative 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 in Business, Asian Language and Culture
Course coordinator
  • Tine Walravens - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Exercise teachers: Faith Hatani, Kasper Ingemann Beck and Lizaveta Dubinka-Hushcha
Main academic disciplines
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 18-01-2022

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Learning objectives
At the exam the student should demonstrate that s/he can live up to the following learning objectives:
  • Apply key theoretical approaches to interdisciplinary business research
  • Structure and write a consistent research proposal
  • Identify a research topic and define research question, aims and objectives
  • Summarize and critically review results from a literature review
  • Reflect upon a suitable theoretical or conceptual framework
  • Formulate key aspects of a consistent research design
  • Motivate and describe the intended data-gathering and analysis
  • Discuss access and research ethics
Research Methods I: Introduction and Qualitative Methods:
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 3-4
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Variation in standard group size is possible only with approval of the Course Coordinator. The allotted max page allowance is unchanged.
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
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
Re-take exam if ordinary exam is failed: The retake examination is based on the same written product (‘research proposal’) as the original exam. However, at the retake you need to submit a revised version addressing the feedback and comments on the original product as provided by the examiners at the ordinary examination.
Make-up exam when ill for the ordinary exam: Written product (‘research proposal’) submitted upon a the deadline specified for the retake.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course provides 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. Students will develop a research proposal in the area of IB in Asia. This includes competences such as formulating a research question, providing a critical literature review, working towards a suitable conceptual framework, creating a research design including thoughts for collecting and analyzing relevant data. The course focuses in particular on interviews and surveys as qualitative research methods.

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching consists of lectures, workshops, and feedback sessions. Lectures focus on introducing relevant theory, concepts and examples. Workshops provide practical insights about how to use CBS library resources as well as how to use specific software applications for qualitative data analysis and online surveys. We use feedback sessions as exercises during which study groups present and discuss progress of their research proposal. We apply blended learning by combining on campus teaching elements with online elements (videos, online peer review platform).
Feedback during the teaching period
Student groups receive continuously feedback in the four dedicated feedback sessions for the development of their research proposal over the whole course. These sessions are a crucial elements for students' to learn how they can meet specific learning objectives of this course. We also practice peer feedback, either directly in class or by using an online platform. Feedback by the teacher will always complement peer feedback. Study groups or individual students can also visit ‘office hours’ by the course coordinator. These do not substitute for participation in lectures and exercises, but are a forum to discuss urgent issues around study groups dynamics, lack of progress, individual learning challenges, etc. In the course examination students receive comments by internal/external examiners, which the starting point in the "Research Project - IBA" (4th Sem) course.
Student workload
Lectures 20 hours
Exercises 24 hours
Preparation 92 hours
Examination 70 hours
Further Information

Please note that this course builds on theoretical concepts introduced in "Introduction to International Business in Asia" in Semester 1 of the BSc International Business in Asia (IBA) at CBS. The research proposals developed by groups of students in this course can be implemented in the "Research Project - International Business in Asia" in Semester 4 of the BSc International Business in Asia. We encourage that study groups formed during the 1st Sem cointinue thei collaboration in this course. However, non-IBA students can also take the course.

Expected literature

Textbook: Saunders, Mark, Lewis, Philip & Thornhill, Adrian. Latest Edition. Research Methods for Business students. (current or eralier version)



Please note these reading materials here are tentative and changes may occur. Final literature lists will be uploaded on Canvas before the course begins.

Last updated on 18-01-2022