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Research Methodology in Business Administration B, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Research Methodology in Business Administration B

This syllabus is valid: 2014-01-13 valid to 2015-01-11 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 2FE098

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: First cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Business Administration: First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Business Administration


The overarching aim of this course is to acquire a basic knowledge of scientific paradigms and research methods. Further, the aim is to develop the student’s ability to first, conduct and in written form report a scientific study, and second, to evaluate and use scientific as well as other reports.

The course begins with a discussion on the process of knowledge creation, with an emphasis on the production of scientific knowledge. Important building blocks in this process are frames of reference, scientific ideals, problem formulation, scientific approaches and methods for data collection and analysis.

Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of a well though-out choice of topic, problematisation, and a careful specification of the problem statement (research question). To this general scientific approaches,  research design and  different types of research strategies are addressed. Further, the possibilities and limitations of quantitative and qualitative methods are discussed. Methods for sampling and data collection are scrutinized, among other things based on the possibilities of accessing information.

The course also includes activities that develops the student’s ability to find information in databases, to use different types of information in an appropriate manner, and to evaluate this information and the sources according to relevant criteria.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing this course, the student should be able to:
  • describe the basic features of the main scientific ideals, and explain how different values and perspectives influence the process of knowledge creation
  • describe the different characteristics of qualitative and quantitative methods and evaluate the suitability of different methods to solve different types of research questions
  • search, evaluate and use different types of information on a basic level
  • argue for the formulation of a particular problem (research question), scientific strategies and methodological choices, and analyze an empirical and theoretical material
  • critically examine a report from different perspectives
  • plan, design and conduct a scientific study.

Required Knowledge

Univ: At least 22.5 passed ECTS from the course International Business Administration A (2FE012) or similar.

Note. This course is only offered to international students under formal agreements.

Form of instruction

Lectures, seminars and supervision are the cornerstones of the teaching method during this course. Attendance is obligatory for activities that are part of the examination. All teaching will be in English.

Examination modes

As examination the student will conduct a scientific study together with a number of other students and perform at seminars. An individual written exam is also a part of the module .A passing grade is required on each part of the module.

All examination will be in English.

Pass with distinction (Väl godkänd, Vg, 75% or more),
Pass (Godkänd, G, 50% or more)
Fail (Underkänd, U, less than 50%).

In order to pass the course, the student must complete all parts of the examination i.e. reach 50% of the points of each part. To receive the grade pass with distinction, the student must reach at least 75% of the total points on the course.

In case of failure on seminar participation or individual and group assignments, compensating assignments must be completed in accordance with instructions given on each occasion.

Students who do not pass the written examination will be offered a re-examination opportunity to complete the written examination one-week prior to the start of the autumn term.

Students who fail to present a photo ID at the occasion of a written examination cannot have their results registered.

When a student has failed an examination on two occasions, he or she has a right to have another grading teacher. A written request for an alternative examiner should be handed to the director of studies no later than two weeks before the next examination opportunity.

Rules and regulations concerning the production of academic texts and correct referencing will be applicable to all written assignments. (see instructions in the Thesis manual. Thesis writing in Business Administration.) Urkund records may be used for control.

Lectures are normally not obligatory. However attendance is expected because the lectures are designed to facilitate students towards achieving course specific learning objectives. In addition lectures often provide insightful explanations of, and can supplement and provide contrast to, the course litterateur and other relevant course materials.

Student who has passed an examination can not redo the examination to get a higher grading.

Grades on the course are awarded when students have passed all examinations and compulsory course elements.

Academic credit transfer
Academic credit transfers are according to the University credit transfer regulations.

Other regulations

The course is included in the International Business Program at Umeå School of Business and Economics. The course is also offered to exchange students within formal exchange agreements.


Valid from: 2014 week 3

Business research methods
Bryman Alan, Bell Emma
3. ed. : Oxford : Oxford University Press : cop. 2011 : xxxvii, 765 s. :
ISBN: 978-0-19-958340-9
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

Umeå School of Business and Economics (latest edition)
Thesis writing in Business Administration. Thesis manual.
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