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Advanced Research Methods in Business Administration

  • 7.5 credits

This course is designed to prepare you for your dissertation research.

More specifically, the course aims to help you design and undertake a research project by examining the principles and procedures of various social science methods, which are used to conduct empirical research. The course also demonstrates how these methods are used in actual research projects. The course deals with the following main issues:

  • Problem formulation, research design and the research process
  • Data generation
  • Data analysis

Furthermore, the course discusses the meta-theoretical underpinnings of research. The course consists of lectures, seminars, fieldwork, group work sessions, written assignments, and peer reviewing.

The course aims to help students develop the understanding, skills and judgment necessary to methodologically conduct an empirical research study.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.
    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS).
    The language of instruction is English. Please note that all teaching and learning activities - such as lectures, seminars, assignments and assessment tasks – are carried out in English.

    Assessment

    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:
    1. Pilot Study Proposal.
    2. Draft Pilot Study Report.
    3. Complete Pilot Study Report.
    4. Peer-reviewing.
    5. Class Participation and Attendance.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can be completed for a grade E.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus. 

  • Contact

    Course coordinator: coursecoordinator@sbs.su.se

    Head of course: Torkild Thanem