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2022/2023  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 28-06-2022

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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 section 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 are missing assignments and have not made attempts in all five assigments.
Interdisciplinary Research Methods:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Aids Limited aids, see the list below:
The student is allowed to bring
  • Language dictionaries in paper format
The student will have access to
  • basic IT application package
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
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
Further Information

The last exam as a BLC 2nd semester course was held in Summer 2022.

The course will begin again as a BLC sixth semester course in Spring 2024.

Expected literature

To be announced on Canvas

Last updated on 28-06-2022