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:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: The last time the course is given is in the autumn of 2021
First time: Study year 2020-2021
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.
Selected journal articles and book chapters.
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.
The semester assignment (research proposal) that makes up 100% of the final grade.
Nominal workload:
125 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). 
Examination details: Semester assignment: Passed / Not Passed