GRA 6721 Research Methodology for Logistics, Operations, and Supply Chain Management

GRA 6721 Research Methodology for Logistics, Operations, and Supply Chain Management

Course code: 
GRA 6721
Department: 
Accounting, Auditing and Business Analytics
Credits: 
6
Program of study: 
Master of Science in Business
Course coordinator: 
Bente Merete Flygansvær
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc - Core course
Semester: 
2020 Spring
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Students participating in this course will be guided towards the completion of a research proposal. The main aim of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills in order to successfully complete a master’s thesis.

The course covers the philosophical underpinnings of research in business with focus on logistics, operations and SCM. This includes the fundamentals of research design. The main section of the course covers both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

(i) To understand how to write a research proposal.
(ii) To gain knowledge of concepts and tools to collect and analyse data for research in logistics, operations and SCM.
(iii) To understand and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies and data sources.
(iv) To gain an understanding of information search strategies.

Learning outcomes - Skills

(i) To be able to compare and contrast different research designs.
(ii) To be able to compare and critique different research designs, methodologies and data collection methods.
(iii) To be able to design samples, research questions and research proposals appropriately.
(iv) To be able to use and evaluate methods for information ‘harvesting’ and search techniques, and critically evaluate information sources.
(v) To understand what a critical literature review is and how it can be designed and executed.

General Competence

(i) To understand how research design influences and is influenced by the theme of interest.
(ii) To appreciate how to conduct original research at the MSc level and evaluate the research process.

Course content
  • Introduction to the Research Process - philosphy of science, research proposals, research process, research ethics
  • Research Design - problems, questions, collection and design
  • Secondary Research and Analysis - literature searching, literature reviews, review articles, database management
  • Qualitative Research - assumptions, ideas, methodologies and methods
  • Quantitative Methods: surveys and modelling - assumptions, ideas, methodologies and methods
  • Database Development, Management and Use
  • Experimental Design

The course provides guidance on writing the thesis registration form and start of developing a thesis proposal.

Teaching and learning activities

Students are expected to participate actively and to be well prepared before attending class. 

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the examination code (course). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course starts.

At resit, all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

Qualifications

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have specific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Class participation
Exam code:
GRA67213
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
35No1 Semester(s)Individual
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA67213
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
10No 1 Week(s)Group/Individual ( 1 - 3)Library assignment
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA67213
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
55No 2 Month(s)Group/Individual ( 1 - 3)Term paper
Exams:
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Class participation
Weight:35
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:
Exam code:GRA67213
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:10
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration: 1 Week(s)
Comment:Library assignment
Exam code:GRA67213
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:55
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration: 2 Month(s)
Comment:Term paper
Exam code:GRA67213
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100
Sum workload: 
0

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.