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CS10A0863 Research Methods for Master Students, 6 cr 
Code CS10A0863  Validity 01.08.2014 -
Name Research Methods for Master Students  Abbreviation Research Method 
Credits6 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Engineering Science 

Iryna Maliatsina 
Daria Podmetina 

Description by Study Guide

M.Sc. (Tech.) 1-2



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Post-Doctoral Researcher, D.Sc. (Tech.) Daria Podmetina
PhD Student Ekaterina Albats
PhD Student Roman Teplov

Person in Charge: Post-Doctoral Researcher, D.Sc. (Tech.) Daria Podmetina


The course aims to provide guidelines to master students on how to conduct the research in management and how to report its results. In the end of the course, students should be able to:
• write literature review;
• formulate research questions and research design;
• choose research method;
• collect and analyze qualitative or quantitative data;
• interpret and report the results of the research.


The course consists of 3 modules, 2 ECTS each. In the first module, students will learn basics of doing research: formulating and clarifying the research topic and research questions; conducting literature review; formulating the research design and choosing research methods. The second module is dedicated to collecting and analyzing quantitative data. The third module will introduce collecting and analyzing qualitative data.

Teaching Methods 

Module seminars 36 h (12 h each module), exercises 6 h (related to modules 2 and 3), preparing reports and self-study 116 h. Total 158 h. Moodle is used in this course.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

0-5. Based on average grade received from 3 modules (30 % each). Module 1 evaluation is based on learning diary and in-class assignments. Modules 2 and 3 are evaluated based on reports on quantitative and qualitative methods. There is no written exam on this course, but different activities and group assignments during seminars will be evaluated.

Course Materials 

Course book: Saunders, M, Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2009). Research methods for business students, 5th ed., FT/Prentice Hall. Additional materials will be announced on the lectures.


The course is targeted to the students of Global Management of Innovation and Technology (GMIT) master program, but other students can also participate. Students not from GMIT program have to apply with motivation letter to the teachers. Number of participants is limited.

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 

Yes, max 10

Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 

This course has 1-5 places for open university students. More information on the web site for open university instructions.


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