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Research and Development Methods

Research and Development Methods

Code: FES1RB004B
Extent: 3 cr (81 h)
Timing: 3rd or 4th term
Language: English
Level: Basic and professional studies
Type: Mandatory

Personal Communication Skills must be completed before the course.

Learning outcomes
Students know the basic principles and methods of research and development and are able to conduct small-scale research and development projects based on the available data in the industry. They are able to seek and analyze information in their trade and are capable of critical and holistic data evaluation.

• Students acquire proactive work attitude and good problem solving and decision making skills
• They know the core principles of project-based work and are able to work in projects
• They are able to use international sources of information in their own field
• They can anticipate changes, adapt to new situations and know how to identify and create new opportunities in the industry

Course contents
• Criteria for scientifically-valid information
• Planning independent research
• Constructing framework
• Commonly-used research and development methods
• Analyzing data
• The importance of clear reporting

Cooperation with the business community and other organisations
Research and development methods consists of co-operating with students’ place of employment or other company/organisation operating in the business to meet the learning objectives.

The course is conducted in HOSBA-programs with a mix of international students and exchange students.

Teaching and learning methods
The course can be completed by both contact-learning and independent-learning orientations.

a) Contact-learning orientation:
Contact teaching and exam 48 h
Independent study 113 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

b) Independent-learning orientation:
Contact teaching and exam 30 h
Independent study 131 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Students plan, design and execute a research and development task that relates to well-being at work. The learning method used is research-based learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning, RPL  (in Finnish AHOT)
The required skills and competences can be demonstrated by a skills examination.

Teacher with the main responsibility for the course
Kristian Sievers

Course materials
Brotherton, B. 2008. Researching Hospitality and Tourism. A Student Guide. Sage. London.
HAAGA-HELIA Thesis Reporting Guide
The material distributed in class

Exam 40 %
Project report 60 %

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.

Assessment criteria

Grade 1
Student identifies the research and development methods of the key research concepts and is able to make a small-scale research or development. He is able to find material of studies and other source material.

Grade 3   
Student is able to design and implement a small-scale research or development. He knows how to use appropriately different source materials. He is able to compare the different types of data collection and analysis methods and select the most suitable ones to the research project.

Grade 5    
The student is able to work with investigative and evaluative approache. The student can also give suggestions to improve the professional practices. Student masters the basic research and development of methods. He is able to justify choices in a project work. He is able to apply a wide range of research and development methods. He is able to evaluate research critically and to relate their results to existing knowledge. Students adopt a critical proactive approach to work.