Course code AOS340

AOS340 Qualitative Methods

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Course responsible: Bernt Aarset
Teachers: Arild Wæraas
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(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
Preferential right:
M-ØA, with a profile in organization and leadership.
Course contents:
The course provides the students with an introduction to qualitative methods. Development of research question, design of research project (case studies and other designs), choice of method and methodology, analysis of data and possible generalization based on qualitative data are core issues in the course. 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:
This course will provide the students with the necessary knowledge to conduct the masters thesis as a a qualitative research project. A basic introduction to qualitative methods, principles for research design, and for qualitative data analysis are provided.
Learning activities:
The course will be organised as a combination of lectures and group assignment.
Teaching support:
Guidance on appointment.
Textbook with addtional papers on selected themes. 
AOS240 or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

One mandatory group assignment. 

The assignment is evaluated "pass" or "fail"

Approved submission is a requirement to participate in the exam.

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


The end-of-semester assignment is graded.

The grade is determined based on the end-of-semester assignment only.

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

No opportunity for renewed examination.

Nominal workload:
150 work hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
One 2-hour seminar/lecture each week.
Recommend to take the course the semester before the master thesis
External censor reviews the group assignment and the semester assignment.
Examination details: Continuious Exam: A - E / Ikke bestått