SMF2292F - Quantitative and Qualitative methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours KALKULATOR

Course content

  • Developing research questions in empirical research;
  • Quantitative and qualitative study design;
  • Questionnaire surveys;
  • Descriptive statistics;
  • Hypothesis testing and inference statistics;
  • Correlation measures;
  • Analysis of variance (ANOVA);
  • Regression analysis;
  • Qualitative interviews and focus groups;
  • Observation and document analysis;
  • Analyzes of qualitative data;
  • Validity and reliability;
  • Interpretation and discussion of data;
  • Introduction to "Big data" in business and management;
  • Ethical issues in empirical research.

Learning outcome


After completing the course the students ought to know how to carry out empirical research within economic/administrative research. This involves knowledge about:

  • Different types of research questions and how these lay the premises for the further investigation process;
  • Qualitative and quantitative survey designs and associated methods of data collection;
  • Methods for the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Criteria for assessing the quality of empirical research;


After completing the course, students should be able to carry out empirical research by applying both quantitative and/or qualitative methods. This includes being able to:

  • Perform analyzes and interpret results from statistical software (SPSS);
  • Assess validity and reliability in empirical research;
  • Report and communicate main results and draw conclusions from the empirical research.

General competence:

The course shall provide a solid academic basis for:

  • Being able to select a valid methodological approach in empirical research and business analysis
  • Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data
  • Develop the ability to critically reflect on methods and be able to reflect on the implications of empirical findings for the discipline.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures on streaming as well as videos of lectures, mandatory assignments, exercises in SPSS Additional information: Some lectures may be given in English. Mandatory work requirements: A mandatory assignment. Must be approved by the teacher in order to obtain the right to take the exam on this course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved exercises

Further on evaluation

Re-sit of written exam in August.

Compulsory assignments are valid at re-sit exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Business Administration (part-time) (BØKLED-F)

Course materials

To be decided at the beginning of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SMF2292 7.5
SMF3071 5.0 AUTUMN 2018
SMF3081 5.0 AUTUMN 2018
SMF3081F 5.0 AUTUMN 2018
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 KALKULATOR 2024-05-22 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
C225 Ankeret/Hovedbygget 2
SL311 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 10
M433-Eksamensrom 4.etg Mustad, Inngang A 36
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 KALKULATOR INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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