GRA 6276 Research Methods for Master of Professional Accountancy - RESIT EXAMINATION

GRA 6276 Research Methods for Master of Professional Accountancy - RESIT EXAMINATION

Course code: 
GRA 6276
Accounting, Auditing and Business Analytics
Course coordinator: 
Tonny Stenheim
Tobias Svanstrøm
Product category: 
Master of Accounting and Auditing
2018 Autumn
Active status: 
Re-sit exam
Resit exam semesters: 
2017 Autumn
2018 Spring
2018 Autumn
2019 Spring
Resit exam info

This course is replaced by a new methodology course teached in English.

Resit examination autumn 2017 and autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

The course is compulsory for students who are writing a master thesis for the master programme in professional accountancy (GRA 1920). The course may be replaced by another equivalent course at the master level.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The students shall gain an understanding of research methods that are relevant for the main subject areas of the master programme in professional accountancy. The course will focus on training students to formulate a well-defined problem for discussion and to find a research design that is suitable for throwing light on the problem. The students shall also learn how to find relevant information in the literature and databases. The course will also discuss issues relating to research ethics. Approx. 12 teaching hours will be devoted to legal method and quantitative / qualitative methods, and students have to choose one or the other. During the course the students shall decide on a topic for their master thesis and must prepare and submit a hand-in project for their thesis.

By means of joint literature and citation searches the students shall acquire knowledge about various search methods for obtaining information.

Learning outcomes - Skills


Learning Outcome - Reflection


Course content
  • Philosophy of science
  • The research process
  • Formulating problems to be addressed
  • Research designs
  • Problems relating to research ethics
  • Data collection
  • Legal methods
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Literature search
  • Advice on writing the master thesis
Learning process and requirements to students

The course consists of lectures, seminars and discussions.

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 that is not included on It's learning or text book.

Previously the course contained numerous exam elements. For retake students this has now been changed to a 100% written school exam.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

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 categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 62765
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
100Yes3 Hour(s)
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
Individual Written examination under supervision.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:Written examination under supervision.
Exam code: GRA 62765
Grading scale:Point scale
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Sum workload: 

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.