Research methods for business studies
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Welcome to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the course FÖ0446
This course will first meet on March 24, 2021, 9.15-12:00. All course meetings will be via Zoom. A Zoom meeting link will be available on the course Canvas site. All pre-registered students will reveive an invitaiton to the Canvas site at lease one week prior to the course start. If you have not received an invitation to join the Canvas room by March 17, you should contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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The course evaluation is not yet activatedThe course evaluation is open between 2021-05-30 and 2021-06-20
Additional course evaluations for FÖ0446
Academic year 2020/2021Research methods for business studies (FÖ0446-M4089) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06
Academic year 2019/2020Research methods for business studies (FÖ0446-40074) 2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07
Academic year 2018/2019Research methods for business studies (FÖ0446-40118) 2019-03-26 - 2019-06-09
FÖ0446 Research methods for business studies, 7.5 CreditsFöretagsekonomiska forskningsmetoder
Education cycleSecond cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 180 credits, including 90 credits of business studies (business administration). English 6.
ObjectivesThe general aim in this course is to support the development of understanding of methodological issues in academic business studies, including understanding of how methodological choices affect the process and outcome of projects and research.
After successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Describe how research goals and ethical dimensions influence the choice of an appropriate research design.
- Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of common research designs, including different methods for collecting and analyzing data.
- Use a methodological understanding to critically interpret and discuss academic studies.
- Develop and present a research plan, including a well-motivated method design.
ContentThe course is largely based on assigned readings, discussion seminars, and written assignments. The course begins with a review of the philosophical issues that underlie methodological choices in academic research, which is followed by an overview of common methods for collecting, analyzing, presenting and assessing data in different approaches. With an established awareness that choices of method are influenced by subjective and philosophical positions, the course then proceeds with a more in-depth review of a number of sub-topics.
The sub-topics address the following issues:
- the role of the researcher
- logically consistent research design and rhetoric in presentation
- relevance and contribution (empirical and theoretical)
- different methods and techniques for data collection (e.g. interviews, questionnaires, archival data)
- different methods and techniques for data analysis (e.g. content analysis, regression analysis)
- different parts of a research proposal, including critically reflective issues on individual parts and how they fit together.
Formats and requirements for examinationPassed exam.
Passed project work.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
- The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
Responsible departmentDepartment of Economics
All passing grades require:
- accepted participation in a minimum of 5 of the 7 discussion seminars
- satisfactory completion of the 4 assignments, including the final research proposal.
- The 4 assignments will be checked as Pass/fail, while the final research proposal will be graded. The grades are 3,4 & 5.
For a passing grade of 3, submitted work must demonstrate a correct understanding of:
- basic terms and concepts used in discussion of methodology
- different methodological approaches for conducting business studies research the limitations associated with different methodological approaches
- common methods and techniques used to collect and analyze data.
- correct understanding of fundamental research design project.
For a passing grade of 4, submitted work must demonstrate an ability to:
- present a rhetorically and logically well-developed research proposal
- present well-grounded arguments for a methodological approach consistent with a clearly identified research aim.
For a passing grade of 5, students must:
- present a final research proposal of high academic standard, within the agreed time frame demonstrate understanding of the philosophical premises that underlie methodological approaches
- show a well-developed ability of critical reflection in discussions of academic research and methodological choices.
Students are encouraged to collaborate and gather additional information and literature on assignments, but all work submitted for examination must be individually written, with proper referencing and acknowledgement of others' ideas. Urkund may be used to check for plagiarism.