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Conducting Quantitative Research

Conducting Quantitative Research

Code: MGT2LG102
Extent: 5 ECTS (135 h)
Timing: 1st semester
Language: English
Level: Advanced Professional Studies
Type: Compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses

This course is one of the compulsory advanced professional studies that master students are taking during their first year studies. The course has link to the Conducting Qualitative Research course and it has strong and direct links to the students’ thesis as a work development project.

Learning outcomes

The course introduces efficient quantitative research techniques employed in international business. Emphasis is on design, analysis and interpretation of results. After successful completion of the course, the student has learned

  • quantitative research process
  • how to elaborate an effective questionnaire so that it is in line with the objectives and the theoretical framework, and so that the analyses are easily executable
  • how to implement the data collection
  • how to analyse the data, interpret the results and prepare the report
  • how to take into account the restrictions and limitations
  • statistical inference
  • how to appraise the validity and reliability of the research

Course contents

The course covers the following topics:

  • formulating research objectives with research questions
  • research design
  • questionnaire design
  • data collection methods
  • analysing data with a computer software and interpreting findings
  • descriptive, comparing and inferential analyses
  • reporting and presenting research findings
  • validity and reliability of research

Cooperation with the business community

Students, by conducting the course project in teams, will apply their learning to an authentic business context.

International dimension

Cases and readings are from international business contexts. Students work in multicultural teams.

Teaching and learning methods

In addition to contact lessons, the students will work on both team and individual assignments.
Contact sessions 36 h
Independent studies and working on team assignments 98 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

A joint business-based project assignment with the course Conducting Qualitative Research MGT2LG101

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Depending on the requirements of the teacher prior learning could be accepter fully or partly.

Teacher with the main responsibility for the course

Pirjo Saaranen

Course materials

Recommended readings will be informed.

Burns, A.C & Bush, F.B. 2010. Marketing research. 6th ed. Pearson Education.

Burns, R.B. & Burns, R.A. 2008. Business research methods and statistics using SPSS. SAGE Publications. London.

Ghauri, P. & Gronhaug, K. 2010. Research methods in business studies. 4th ed. Prentice Hall. Harlow.

Janssens, W., Winjen K., De Pelsmacher & P. & Van Kenhove, P. 2008. Marketing research with SPSS. Prentice Hall. Harlow.

Malhotra & Birks. 2008. Marketing Research: An Applied Approach. 3rd ed. Pearson Education. Harlow.

Other materials and handouts are listed by the lecturer.

Assessment criteria

The course is evaluated on scale 1 to 5 (where 5 is the best). The assessment criteria are presented below regarding three areas, such as knowledge, skills, and competencies.

Grade/ Learning outcomes

1 (minimum 50% competence level)

3 (minimum 70% competence level)

5 (minumim 90% competence level)

Knowledge

The student can identify, list, and combine the main quantitative research concepts.

The student can describe the relevant quantitative research concepts and apply them to new contexts. The student can link the key concepts to the practical task to present the essential findings.

The student uses and combines different quantitative research concepts and develops own models. His/her use of theory and specific terminology is very accurate. Student is aware of different research philosophies, and compares different models, theories and viewpoints.

Skills

At a beginner’s level and with under strict supervision, the student manages to collect, analyze and report the course project. Student knows how to use certain quantitative research concepts.

The student can collect, partly analyze and interpret the relevant research findings. Student is able to choose the relevant tools, methods, and frameworks to the specific situation and context.

The student is able to collect, analyze and interpret the relevant research findings at a professional level. Student demonstrates excellent skills to choose the appropriate tools, methods, and frameworks that are relevant to the course project.

Competencies

With great difficulty and under strict supervision, the student is able to complete tasks. S/he poorly applies the concepts, tools, and theories to the quantitative research projects. S/he can conduct quantitative research with the help of the supervisor.

The student is able to work relatively independently with a client company in a team. S/he is able to apply concepts, tools, and theories to the quantitative research projects. S/he can conduct quantitative research relatively independently from the supervisor.

The student is able work very professionally and independently with a client company in a team. S/he can fully apply the learned concepts, tools, and theories to quantitative research projects. S/he can conduct quantitative research at a highly professional level and in an innovative way.

Assessment components and their respective weights

Inquiry on participants’ skills - Passed/Failed
Pre-assignment 10%
Attendance 10%
Assignments 40%
Exam 40%

All components need to be passed. There will be no extra assignments given to compensate absence.
The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course 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 on an E-form.