Course code AOS340

AOS340 Qualitative Methods

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Course responsible: Olga Mikhailova
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2008-2009
Course contents:
The course assumes that the student has decided on the topic of the master's thesis. The course has a user perspective for students who are going to start the master's thesis, and this topic will be central to the teaching. The course provides the students with an introduction to qualitative methods. The course emphasizes desig of appropriate qualitative methods, such as choice of methodology, analysis of data, and the possibility of generalization based on qualitative data. The main technique to collect data will be depth interviews, but participating observation, document analysis, conversation analysis, and others will be presented. The course will provide increased understanding of research and knowledge development. Design and choice of method will be based on research question, theoretical perspectives, analysis, and the direction of the project.
Learning outcome:


  • Knowledge of the characteristics of qualitative research design
  • Knowledge of the use of qualitative method for collecting, analyzing and presentation of empirical material


  • Establish research problems that can be answered using qualitative method
  • Develop a qualitative research design
  • Substantiate choice of research methods in light of research problem, theoretical perspective, analysis and project direction
  • Plan and conduct interviews adapted to a qualitative research design
  • Analyzing data by qualitative analysis

General competence

  • Be able to assess relevant choice of methods
  • Analyzing research problems where qualitative methods are applicable, and select and use appropriate theoretical and practical knowledge in the analysis
  • Understand the relationships between research and knowledge
Learning activities:

The course will be organised as a combination of lectures and group assignment.

Physical teaching if possible. Lectures can be streamed, but it will not be the primary method.

Teaching support:
Supervision as needed.
Textbook with additional papers on selected themes. 
AOS240 or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

One mandatory group assignment. 

The assignment is evaluated approved/ not approved.

Approved submission is a requirement to participate in the exam.

There is no need to repeat compulsory in the event of renewed trial.

It is possible to complete the course as an exchange student as long as the student accept the responsibility for submitting the compulsory task and the semester assignment. The course coordinator must be informed and approve a plan for how the course is to be carried out.


The end-of-semester assignment will count 100% of the grade.

A pass on the group assignment is required to have the semester assignment evaluated.

No opportunity for re-sit examination.

Nominal workload:
125 work hours.
Entrance requirements:
The course is intended for master students at NMBU and the course is addressed to those who will write their master thesis during the subsequent semester.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
One 2-hour seminar/lecture each week.
External censor reviews the group assignment and the semester assignment.
Examination details: Term paper: Letter grades