The course consists of two series of seminar and a few lectures. The practical seminars are obligatory. Assignments shall be handed in at the latest 15.00 the day before the seminar. The lectures will focus on traditions in scientific thinking, concepts and methods. Literature classes/seminars will treat different chapters from the book. Guest lecturers will be invited to the end of the literature classes, and treat different themes related to the course.
Intended learning outcomes *
The overarching purpose with the course is to prepare the students for the writing of their master’s thesis, which they shall write the following semester. Thus, the aim of the course is to provide an overview of theories and methods in research, with emphasis on methods in the field of social sciences. The course will provide the students with the necessary practical skills to manage their master thesis work.
More specifically, after the course the students will be able to:
Formulate a thesis proposal.
Write a literature review.
Defend their thesis proposals.
Discuss someone else’s thesis proposal.
Design a small-scale social science research project.
Develop an outline for a dissertation.
Analyze what method is the most suitable for certain research projects.
The practical seminars will be on:
Opposition of another master’s thesis.
Articles of choice and the methods used in them.
Interview techniques and do’s and don’t.
Questionnaires; formulating, distributing and collecting.
Literature and preparations
Specific prerequisites *
Advanced Issues in Real Estate and Financial Services (AI2140).
In addition to passing 75 % of the first year courses the students must have passed the course Advanced Issues in Real Estate and Financial Services
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Ghauri, Pervez & Grǿnhaug, Kjell (2010) Research Methods in Business Studies, Pearson Education: London, UK (fourth edition).
Examination and completion
Grading scale *
A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Grading scale: P, F
Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Thesis proposal (TEN1; 4,5 cr), A-F.
Seminar assignments (INL1; 3 cr), pass/Fail.
Other requirements for final grade *
Approved thesis proposals and seminar assignments.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination