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Mathematics and research methods

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The main part of the course will focus on training and extending students’ skills in math by introducing basic mathematical principles and methods at the heart of modern economics.
Also, students will have a first introduction to science. How did we (mankind) learn what we today know about the structure, functioning, and developing of business and economics? How do we know what type of markets, institutions and policies create benefits for us - customers and producers? How is knowledge generated, the knowledge managers need to make informed and smart decisions? Where does the content of students’ textbooks come from? These and similar questions are at the center of the research methods part of the course, which seeks to give students some first insights into how research on businesses and economics is done in a proper way. Simultaneously, students will get an overview of the diversity of economic and business study fields and research streams at The Business School, as well as get to know the people that make the School what it is - a great place to study business and economics.

Learning outcome

On completion of the course, students will gain knowledge of:
  • Know relevant mathematics needed to solve economic questions
  • Have basic skills within algebra, differentials, and equations
  • Know a spectrum of functions (e.g., linear, logarithmic, exponential)
  • Understand marginal values
  • Understand derivatives and tangent
  • Know how to work with annuities and calculate present values
  • Scientific terminology and processes
  • Structures and elements of empirical research in economics and business studies
  • Approaches to empirical research
  • Actual research projects at the UiS Business School

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Solve basic mathematical problems in the field of economics and business studies (e.g., find local/global maximum and minimum of functions, calculate elasticities)
  • Identify, access and efficiently read contemporary research in economics and business studies
  • Differentiate between research approaches and research fields in economics business studies
  • Asses and evaluate assumptions, hypotheses & research questions


Typical subject areas covered are:
  • The most central mathematical methods the students will need throughout the study programme
  • How to find, access and read contemporary research articles?
  • How to identify hypotheses and research questions?
  • How are empirical studies structured?
  • What steps are involved in empirical research?
  • What are typical steps of empirical research in business studies and economics?
  • What general research approaches exist?
  • What research streams exist in business studies and economics?

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FValid calculator.
The assignment of the first part of the course (Research Methods 1) is writing a short group-based review of a scientific paper. A written individual exam will evaluate the second part of the course (Mathematics).

Coursework requirements

3 obligatoriske innleveringer, hvorav kandidaten må få bestått på minst 2. , Forskningsmetode: Rapport fra gruppearbeid

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
William Gilje Gjedrem
Course coordinator
Ingeborg Caroline Foldøy Solli

Method of work

In this course, you will learn through the mixture of traditional lectures, exercises, seminars, and independent studying. In the mathematics part, students will primarily learn from lectures and in-class/take-home exercises. In the research methods part, based on instructions or guidance of experienced researchers, students will learn in groups how researchers identify interesting research gaps, how they work with the existing literature, and how they conduct empirical analyses.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Mathematical analysis for economy and social science (BØK135_3) 10
Mathematical analysis for economists (BØK135_2) 10
Mathematical analysis for economists (BØK135_1) 10
Mathematical analysis for economists (BØK135_3) 20

Open to

Business Administration - Bachelor's Degree Programme


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 14.07.2020