Facts about the course

Study points:
Responsible department:
Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences
Course Leader:
Heidi Hogset
Lecture Semester:
Teaching language:
½ year

SØK705 Research methods and proposal (Autumn 2019)

About the course

Course will cover the following topics:

  • How to write a scientific paper or report
  • Literature references
  • Research Methods
  • Natural experiments
  • The philosophy of science
  • Possible topic for a master thesis in Business Administration

The course is connected to the following study programs

Recommended requirements

Completed 1st year, Master of Business Adm.

Reduction of Credits

This course’s contents overlap with the following courses. A reduction of credits will occur if one of these courses is taken in addition:

Course Reduction of Credits
ADM705 – Research methods and proposal 7.5

The student's learning outcomes after completing the course

After completing the course, the successful student should:

  • Understand how economic research is conducted and presented, both orally and in writing
  • Understand methodological issues and related philosophy of science
  • Understand requirements and suitable topic for a master thesis   

Forms of teaching and learning

3 hours of lecture per week

Coursework requirements - conditions for taking the exam

  • Mandatory coursework: Oral presentation
  • Courseworks given: 1
  • Courseworks required: 1
  • Presence: Not required
  • Comment: The proposal should both be presented orally and handed in as a report.


  • Form of assessment: Home assessment
  • Proportion: 100%
  • Duration: Semesters
  • Grouping: Group
  • Grading scale: Pass/fail
  • Support material: All printed and written supporting material


Defined at the start of the course. Possible litterature:

  • McCloskey, Donald, 1985, "Economical Writing", Economic Inquiry 23, 187-222.
  • Friedman, Milton, 1953, "The Methodology of Positive Economics", Essays in Positive Economics, Univeristy of Chicago Press, 3-43.
  • Lazear, Edward, 2000, "Economic Imperialism", Quarterly Journal of Economics 115, 99-146. 
Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 26, 2020 10:20:54 PM