BMPA5055 - Research Methods for the Social Sciences


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The students must acquire basic insight into the scientific method and academic writing, so that they with a critical analytical attitude can assemble and make use of knowledge from the different core subjects in an analysis of social economic themes and management challenges in the public sector.

Throughout the course they will get an introduction to both qualitative and quantitative methods

- with the purpose of designing an independent study and gain understanding of how they can apply methodological tools that are used in social science disciplines.

The course forms the basis for the method being used in the master thesis.

  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methods
  • Measuring problems and exploration design
  • Gathering of data
  • Analysis and interpretation of data
  • Work with the assignment in methods

Learning outcome


The student:

  • The student has knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative social science methods
  • Must be able to choose design and method that suits the research question
  • Must have knowledge about both qualitative and quantitative data processing
  • Must have basic understanding of methods and knowledge about development of methods



The student:

  • Must be able to design a clear and fruitful research questions
  • Must be able to connect research question, theory and relevant empirics
  • Will be used to apply the statistical tool SPSS
  • Will be able to systematically present own empirical data 
  • Will be able to perform a critical and solid analysis


General knowledge

The student:

  • Must be able to apply knowledge of methods and skills both in self-learning and in exercising of skills
  • Must be able to present phenomena and facts from several professional point of views and perspectives

Learning methods and activities

The students will through lectures, group work, and review of cases gain a good foundation for acquirement of knowledge. It is presupposed that the students through self-study acquire the curriculum. In some of the gatherings we will use the statistical programme SPSS as an aid in statistical analysis.

Compulsory assignments

  • Innlevering av prosjektskisse

Further on evaluation

MANDATORY WORK REQUIREMENTS: Research report is mandatory. 70% participation is required.

EVALUATION:Assignments can be written individually or in groups of two. The course is only available for students at the study program Master of Public Administration.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Public Administration (ØAMPA3)

Required previous knowledge

None except required admission to the program.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BMPA5062 7.5 SPRING 2018
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Version: A
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Economics and Administration
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
NTNU Business School


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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