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Research Methods

Research Methods

Code: BES2LC0037
Scope: 3 ECST
Timing: 5th semester
Language: English
Curriculum: POBBA10
Level: Professional Studies
Type: Compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses

Student has completed Managing Business Processes and Global Business Opportunities. The course is part of a Module called Developing Business Processes (Brand Management, Strategic Planning, and Research Methods).

Learning objectives and assessment

The course is evaluated on scale 1 to 5. The assessment criteria is presented on scale 1 - 3 - 5.

Grade 1
The student can identity, list and combine the main research approaches.
With great difficulty and under strict supervision, the student partly plan, collect, poorly analyze and partly use relevant research findings to suggest solution for a client company at a beginner’s level.
With great difficulty and under strict supervision, the student can partly work on research with a client company in a team. S/he poorly applies research design implementation and results analysis. S/he can conduct basic qualitative research.

Grade 3

The student can apply relevant research methods. The student can link the key research methods to practical task to be solved.
The student can design, collect, partly analyze and partly use relevant research findings to create solution for a client company at a beginner’s level.

Grade 5

The student uses and combines different research approaches to design and implement research. Student is aware of other views of the knowledge. His/her use of research theory and specific terminology is very accurate.
S/he uses findings to compare different theories and viewpoints.
The student can design, collect, analyze and use relevant research findings to create solutions for a client company at a high professional level.
The student can work very professionally with a client company in a team. S/he can fully apply problem identification, analysis and solving. S/he can conduct qualitative research in projects at a highly professional level.

Course contents

  • Planning and implementing a research project
  • Research Design
  • Research approach and methods to study business operations
  • Ethical and practical principles for research in operational practices
  • Information sources and referencing
  • The overall research process

Cooperation with the business community

Possible guest lecturers from different companies.

International dimension

Possible guest lecturers from international companies. International learning materials. International research projects

Learning methods

Tutorials 12 h
Lectures and workshops 24 h
Independent study and teamwork 42 h
Assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is observed on the course according to separate instructions

Assessment

Tutorial performance 40%
Individual assignments 20%
Activity and workshops  20%Examination  20%

Course Teacher

Evariste Habiyakare, Porvoo

Course materials

Ghauri, P.and Grönhaug K (2002). ”Research Method in Business Studies”. A
Practical guide. Second Edition. Prentice Hall

Saunders, M; P.Lewis and A.Thornhill (2007) “Research Methods for Business
Students. Fourth Edition. Prentice Hall

Yin, R.K.(1989): “Case Study Research. Design and Methods”. SAGE Publications

Creswell, J.W (2003) “Research Design” Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed
Methods. Approaches. Second edition

Sapsford,R. and Jupp,V. (Editions) (2006).” Data Collection and Analysis” Second
Edition. SAGE Publications

Silverman, D. (2005) “Doing Qualitative Research” SAGE Publications. Second
edition

Miles, M.B. and Huberman, A.M (1988 or 1994): Qualitative Data Analysis: an
expanded sourcebook. SAGE Publications Books