40 credits at level HE6
The module is designed to give the learners the opportunity to pursue a piece of individual research under the supervision of a tutor. In addition, the module involves, supports and assesses Personal Development Planning (PDP).
The Project topic, which will be selected by the learner, must
Be relevant to Business Management or any of the specialist degrees studied (HRM/Marketing/Tourism)
Be academically rigorous
Be a unique piece of work
Address a specific question or issue
Require familiarity with a range of business data, research sources and appropriate methodologies
Require a critical evaluation of theories, principles, concepts and models
Learners will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of relevant theoretical models and contemporary literature relevant to their chosen area of study. They will be required to demonstrate creativity in identifying, stating and restating the problem in terms of the literature and models available. They will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of analytical and critical ability in the application of theoretical frameworks and literature, resulting in the synthesis of appropriate conclusions (and recommendations). In terms of PDP, students will be expected to develop critical evaluation of their own learning, evaluation of achievement and planning for learning, and personal and professional development.
Students will build on the skills developed within the Research Methods module.
The Project will integrate and develop further the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from the taught modules. Students are expected to use class 1 (original empirical research), class 2 (journal articles/internet/electronic format) and class 3 (books) information sources in preparing the project. It is expected that Class 1 and 2 sources will predominate.
The subject matter of the Project will be determined by the learner, subject to the approval of the project supervisor.
The learning outcomes for this module will be assessed through a 10,000 word report, supported by a project proposal (produced in BAM2003 Research Methods) and a logbook detailing the development and progress of the project. The Project must be submitted in the format set out in the module guide.
As the project is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of work relating to a problem or issue, the learning strategy will combine student independence and individuality with guidance and support from a project supervisor and peer support from study group meetings wherever practical to exchange ideas and to provide a sounding board for their work.
Students are required to attend a minimum number of planned tutorials with their supervisor and are expected to demonstrate learner autonomy by taking the initiative in seeking further support and feedback. Formative feedback will be ongoing via the programme of tutorials meetings. Summative assessment and feedback will be via a process of double marking and external moderation.
NB Where this module is offered online (via BoltOnline) lectures and seminars delivered by Elluminate.
The learning hours for this module comprise:
Workshops 4 x 2hours - compulsory = 8 hours
Tutorials = 8 x 30 minutes = 4 hours
Study group meetings = 8 hours
Independent study = 180 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of academic literature relating to a specific topic or field of Business Management
be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the application of theories to create intellectually substantiated viewpoints
be able to carry out an extensive literature search and critically evaluate existing research related to the area under investigation;
be able to apply appropriate concepts to the research design and evaluate findings;
be able to relate theory to policy and practice in a specific organisational context.
|2.|| be able to undertake an ethically sound piece of independent research which focuses on a Business Management, HRM, Marketing or Tourism problem/issue;
be able to critically appraise research methodologies
be able to demonstrate skills of analysis, evaluation, critical thinking and synthesis.
construct an appropriate research design for the investigation of the problem/issue;
gain ethical clearance from your project supervisor
produce an appropriate literature review and conceptual framework;
be able to produce a comprehensive analysis of the findings
be able to produce relevant conclusions and recommendations
|3.|| be able to communicate complex ideas by means of a report;
be able to critically appraise your own skills and abilities as a researcher and as an academic;
reflect on their own learning and seek and make use of feedback;
monitor and review own progress;
be able to plan for success in personal, educational and professional development
be able to produce a well written report with correct use of English, appropriate use of references and clear presentation;
be able to critique strengths and weaknesses in carrying out the research process;
be able to critically review your own work;
be able to seek and respond to feedback;
be able to identify opportunities for further learning and personal development
|4.|| be able to demonstrate skills of evaluation, criticism and synthesis in relation to secondary and primary information sources||
be able to critically analyse relevant concepts, principles, models etc.
be able to produce a synthesis of secondary and primary information
be able to draw relevant conclusions
|5.|| be able to define own research objectives and reflect critically on progress and outcomes|| be able to write a reflective report that evaluates objectively progress and achievement.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Reflective report||Project report (10,000 -12,000 words)|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Current editions of the following:
Bell, J. (2005) Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education, Health and Social Science, 4th Edition, Maidenhead: Open University Press
Collis, J., and Hussey, R. (2003) Business Research, Second Edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Fisher, F. (2004) Researching and Writing a Dissertation: for Business Students 1st Edition, Harlow: FT Prentice Hall
Gill, J, Johnson, P (2002) Research Methods for Managers, 3rd Edition, London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Leedy, P.D. and Ellis Ormrod, J. (2004) Practical Research: planning and design, 8th Edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall
Robson, C. (2002) Real World Research, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers
Saunders, M. Thornhill, A. and Lewis, P. (2006) Research Methods for Business Students, 4th Edition, Harlow: FT Prentice Hall
Walliman, N.S.R. (2005) Your Research Project, 2nd Edition, Maidenhead: Sage Publications Ltd.
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