Course code BUS345

BUS345 Research Methods in Business Administration

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Course responsible: Frode Alfnes
Teachers: Bernt Aarset, Marie Gotteberg Steen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
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Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2020H
Last time: 2021H
Course contents:
The course will include the following topics: - How to find researchable topics; how to write a project proposal; general writing rules in scientific writing; case study methods; interview methods, including consent statement, NSD, and data management; content analysis; secondary data; experimental methods; impact assessment; literature search; citation, references and plagiarism.
Learning outcome:

Students will write a project description. This requires that they:

  • Shows that they have an overview of the knowledge status on the topic they have chosen.
  • Can use existing knowledge to develop research questions and hypotheses.
  • Can identify relevant sources of data, either existing or through a plan for own data collection.
  • Shows that they have insight into how data can be processed and analyzed.
Learning activities:
Lectures and presentations with group discussion. Individual supervision while writing the research proposal for the master thesis.
Teaching support:
Students will be allocated a supervisor for their MSc thesis. The supervisors will discuss research topics and give close supervision during the writing of the research proposals.
Syllabus:
Selected journal articles and book chapters.
Prerequisites:
Knowledge equivalent to one year of master's studies at the School of Business and Economics at NMBU.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Submission of preliminary draft for master project and home assignments.
Assessment:
The semester assignment (research proposal) that makes up 100% of the final grade.
Nominal workload:
150 work hours.
Entrance requirements:
The course is only open to master's students at the School of Economics and Business, NMBU who plan to write a master's thesis the following year
Reduction of credits:
ECN305 - 5 ECT reduction
Type of course:
Classes during the first 6 weeks of the term (2x2 hours per week). 
Examiner:
Examination details: Semester assignment: Passed / Failed