Courses

IY2596 Research Methodology in Industrial Economics

Programme course, 7,5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, autumn semester 2020

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.

The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge of theories of science and research methodology for both qualitative and quantitative studies in industrial economics. This includes formulating research problems, process selection and design of the research approach and design, as well as critically evaluate different research designs. The student will, after this course, have acquired the knowledge of how to conduct and report a scientific study.

Facts

  • Type of instruction: Distance, mixed-time, part-time 50%
  • Study period: 2020-November-02 until 2021-January-17
  • Education level: AXX
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language is English.
  • Location: Some or all of education and examination is held at distance.
  • No. of occasions: Mandatory 0, Voluntary 0
  • Main field of study: Industrial Economics and Management
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: Bachelor degree in science in engineering including a degree project of 7,5 hp, 15 hp mathematics on basic/advanced level, 5 hp industrial economics and organization, business administration or the equivalent, English B and 2 years of work experience.

Content

The course covers formulation of research problems and questions firmly based in previous research. The course also covers application of and motivation of research strategies and scientific induction/deduction and syntheses enclosing both quantitative methods but also qualitative methods.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
•Have a general knowledge about research design in the naturalism, positivism and pragmatist paradigms and their underlying philosophical meanings applicable in industrial economics and management.
•Have theoretical and practical knowledge about how to plan, conduct, analyze and present qualitative and quantitative research in industrial economics and management.
•Have knowledge about research methods and ethics.

Competence and skills
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
•Be able to analyze and discuss the relation between philosophy, theory of science and various scientific Paradigms.
•Be able to analyze and discuss the foundations of research design in the naturalistic and positivistic research paradigms as well as their pros and cons
•Be able to critically assess different research designs and methods and analyze strengths and
weaknesses as well as problematize their applicability
•Be able to identify and define problems related to collection of data and prepare tests of hypotheses
•Be able to analyze collected data with adequate statistical methods
•Be able to conduct statistical data analysis and test of hypotheses with statistical software
•Be able to present research methodology in a scientific adequate way
•Know the basis of analysis of qualitative data
•Know how to write scientific reports based on the content of the course
•Know how to use statistical software relevant for the course

Judgement and approach
•Be able to critically assess and analyze research design in the various research paradigms and assess

Course literature and other teaching material

Ghuari, Peter, Gronhaug, Kjell (latest edition). Research methods in business studies. Prentice Hall
A selection of articles provided by the course instructor.
Referenslitteratur:
Pallant, J. (latest edition). SPSS survival manual. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Course literature and other teaching material

Ghuari, Peter, Gronhaug, Kjell (latest edition). Research methods in business studies. Prentice Hall
A selection of articles provided by the course instructor.
Referenslitteratur:
Pallant, J. (latest edition). SPSS survival manual. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Learning methods

The teaching language is English. Teaching through online-based lectures, seminars or discussions.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.

Teachers

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.

Assessments

Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1810 Written report 1 1.5 G-U
1820 Written report 2 1.5 G-U
1830 Take-home examination 4.5 A-F

Grading

The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.

Future exams

No upcoming, centrally coordinated, examinations for this course were found.

To participate in a centrally coordinated examination, you must enroll in Student's Portal, no later than fifteen days before the examination.


Time and location for the examination will be published about 5 days in advance.


There might be other scheduled examinations. Information concerning these examinations are available in It's Learning or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.