20 credits at level HE5
The aims of this module are:
To provide students with the knowledge of research methods including study design, undertaking a literature review and constructing a conceptual framework (C/F), understanding research methodology, data collection techniques, data collection analysis and presentation appropriate to business research.
To enable students to practice research skills
To provide a foundation for the conduct of the final year research project.
to develop learning to learn skills (in the area of research methods)
1. Introduction to the module: what is a research proposal?
2. The Contextualisation of the Research
3. The Literature Review & Conceptual Frameworks
4. Research Philosophies and Approaches, Quantative and Qualitative Analysis
5. Formulation of Questionnaires, Interviews and other Data Collection Methods
6. Research Strategies: From Experiment to Archival Research
7. Research Ethics: Ethics Form, Data Reliability, Validity and Data Triangulation
8. Collecting, Presenting, Analysing and Evaluating Data both Primary and Secondary
9. Conclusions and Recommendations
10. Time Management
The learning outcomes concentrate upon subject knowledge and application.of the application of knowledge and understanding of research methods to Business Management subject areas. The module is at level HE5 and as such a greater level of student involvement will be required. Lectures will be used to introduce topics; however the majority of work will be undertaken during interactive seminars and workshops. The development of application competence will be achieved through these sessions and will constitute a large proportion of this module. Tutorials will allow for guidance, feedback and clarification on progression within the given module.
Learning outcomes will be assessed by:
Three written pieces of work which collectively will form a research proposal. A 500 word essay outlining the research topic area, the organisation in which the research will take place and the objective(s) of the research. A 2000 word essay will provide a critical analysis of the literature which appertains to your research topic area. Finally, a 2500 word essay on the research methods that will be adopted in the research indicating the advantages and disadvantages of adopting the approaches discussed.
NB Where this module is offered online (via BoltOnline) lectures and seminars delivered by Elluminate.
Lectures = 10
Seminars/workshops = 18
Tutorials = 14
Independent study = 158
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||contextualise your research and state the research objective(s)||be able to introduce your research topic in an organisational context and to state clearly the objective(s) of your research|
|2.||conduct a comprehensive literature search||be able to select relevant literature in relation to a specific research question and produce a correctly referenced bibliography/reference list|
|3.||define a research problem||to be able to appraise the methods appropriate to addressing a research question, demonstrating the ability to apply knowledge of methods to real - world problems.|
|4.||identify data collection and analysis techniques appropriate to a research objective(s) and justify these||to be able to appraise the methods appropriate to addressing the research objective(s), demonstrating the ability to apply knowledge of methods to real - world problems.|
|5.||analyse the potential contribution of qualitative and quantitative approaches to research||be able to engage in debate about the appropriateness of the methods for addressing a particular problem, demonstrating the ability to summarise practical and theoretical concerns in relation to the application of research methods|
|6.||Demonstrate computer literacy.||use ICT software to store, manipulate, analyse and present data. Edit and export output to produce word-processed reports|
|7.||Develop an action plan for further personal development||identify and prioritise opportunities to address deficiencies or enhance your generic or professional skills and knowledge|
|8.||Appreciate the ethical implications of your proposed research||
complete a University Research ethics form
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Description of Research Subject Topic & Research Organisation 500 words||Essay on Research Topic Literature 2000 words||Essay on Research Methods to be adopted 2500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Gray, D. (2009) Doing Research in the Real World, Sage, London
Saunders, M., Lewis, P and Thornhill, A. (2003) Research Methods for Business Students, Harlow, FT-Prentice Hall 3rd Edition.
Bryman, A. (2007) Business Research Methods 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Cassel, C. and Symon, G. (2004) Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research, London, Sage.
Collins, J. and Hussey, R. (2003) Business Research: A Practical Guide for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students (2nd ed.)Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; Palgrave Macmillan (e-book accessible via library catalogue)
Fisher, C and Buglear, J. (2004) Researching and Writing a Dissertation for Business Students, Harlow : Prentice Hall/Financial Times (e-book accessible via library catalogue)
Hair, J.F., Money, A.H., Samouel, P. and Page, M. (2007) Research Methods for Business, Chichester, John Wiley.
Lancaster, G. (2005) Research Methods in Management, Oxford, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann
Rudd, D. (2002) Preparing for Dissertations and Projects. Online. Available: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/
Saunders, M. (2006) Research Methods for Business Students 4th ed. Harlow: Financial Times Hall
Thomas, A. B. (2004) Research Skills for Management Studies, London: Routledge, 2004. (e-book accessible via library catalogue)
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