M.INC.ECON.615: Applied Research Methods

Learning outcome:

Applied research is of interest to academics and practitioners alike. It involves looking at organisations and their activities from the viewpoint of any or, indeed, all of the stakeholders. It can be conducted in both commercial enterprises and non-profit organisations.
The purpose of this course is to develop effective research skills in graduate students in commerce. The course examines the analytical procedures that underlie the methods researchers use to acquire, verify and validate data and information in applied research.
Emphasis throughout the course is placed on understanding the necessary research concepts and procedures (not recipes). Special attention is given to the application of statistical procedures and techniques using actual data. This entails learning how to use a computer package, interpret the output and take decisions in view of the results.

  • Part I. Introduction and scientific approach to research
  • Part II. Design of research
  • Part III. Qualitative versus quantitative business research
  • Part IV. Analysis of data
  • Part V. Research reporting

Courses and examinations
1. Lecture: Applied Research methods
Written exam

Courses and examinations
2. Practical course: Applied Research methods
Oral presentation (ca 20 min)

Prerequisite for examination:
It is expected that, at the end of the course, students will have substantive knowledge on data analysis, statistical techniques, result interpretation and report writing skills to successfully pass the mid term and final exams

Admission requirements:

Recommended previous knowledge:


Person responsible for module:
Christopher Gan

Course frequency:
Academic Term each winter semester

One semester

Number of repeat examinations permitted:

Recommended Semester:
First to third semester

Maximum number of students: