20 credits at level HE7
This research skills module offers students the opportunity to consider taught material in the solution of a real world problem directly related to their course. To prepare for this, the unit enables students to acquire essential skills in research methods and communication, and to consider the professional issues related to their work.
To expose students to a significant project that needs management under real world resource constraints, and to enable students to commence manage and plan their dissertation or similar projects.
To introduce students to methods relevant to research in their own specific field and related disciplines.
To enable students to understand, and become proficient with, the canons of good scholarship in their field, within the framework of relevant legal, social, ethical and professional issues.
To prepare the student to undertake the project dissertation by the production of a project proposal document and draft Literature Review.
The roles - the role of research and associated paradigmatic and theoretical approaches in research methods.
The research project. Choosing a project. Research topics - aims of specific research topics, sources, characteristics and techniques for generating good research topics. Deciding a research question. Preparing a project proposal
Scholarship. Reviewing the literature. Searching for and retrieving academic information; critical review; referencing and citations; the academic process of knowledge creation, plagiarism and how to avoid it.
Research issues - access to data; ethics, ethical approval and confidentiality. Choosing and justifying research methods. Qualitative and quantitative methods. Triangulation. Keeping a research diary.
Researcher as an interventionist. Conduct in the field; negotiating access; interviews; recording and analysing data. Content analysis and computer software for qualitative data analysis. Action Research. Practitioner-based enquiry. Case studies. Ethnographic investigation. Participant observation.
Survey Research Design - questionnaire format; data analysis and presentation of findings.
Quantitative methods. Experiments. Data analysis, statistical methods and computer packages.
The initial taught part of the unit will comprise delivery of aspects of research and scholarship that will enable students to prepare their project specification and initial literature review. This will be based on weekly activities using a range of material supplemented by directed reading and supported by seminar activities facillitated by a tutor. Emphasis is on students communicating with their peers in order that they can get assistance with their own work, refine their ideas and understanding, and provide appropriate feedback and support to others. A variety of teaching and learning methods including; lectures, seminars and presentation, practical work, e-learning, workshops, tutorials, study groups, videos, independent study, directed reading and research are employed to develop the knowledge and skills of a diverse group of learners.
Typical allocation of working hours would be:
Formal Lectures 21
Assignment Work 60
Directed Reading 38
Background Research 60
Total Hours: 200
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate critical understanding of research paradigms and evaluate the contribution of such to the area of business and management in the organisation||Critically appraise and reflect upon the role of research and demonstrate paradigmatic understanding in research related to your programme and in relation to the dissertation.|
|2.||Exhibit understanding and expertise of theories, methods, tools, techniques, applied to the analysis, of problem based business or management research||Critically appraise and reflect upon the range of methods, data collection and analysis, in research related to their programme and in relation to the dissertation.|
|3.||Critically analyse different research methodologies appropriate to the field of business and management||Demonstrate an appropriate choice of research method and apply it to your problem.|
|4.||Understand the risks, resources and rewards associated with undertaking research Demonstrate that research can be ethically and safely conducted within the arena of business, management and organisations.||Formulate suitable responses to issues relevant to undertaking research by a chosen method/approach in organisations|
|5.||Identify and exploit relevant literature and evaluate such research in the light of a chosen research topic||Identify and retrieve relevant information from various sources such as text books, journals and industry reports.|
|6.||Critically review, consolidate and understand a systematic and coherent body of knowledge||Read and summarise complex research method/theory related issues Evaluate and critique research material effectively in the solution of the problem.|
|7.||Present a well-structured proposal with emphasis on content, clarity, conciseness and style.||Produce a fully referenced proposal relating to your research plan|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Research Proposal||Preliminary Literature Review - 3500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Collis, J. and Hussey, R. (2009) Business Research: A Practical Guide for Undergraduates and Postgraduate Students (3rd ed.), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2003 edition ebook available via Myilibrary)
Gray, D. (2009) Doing Research in the Real World (2nd ed.) London: Sage
Lancaster, G. (2005) Research Methods in Management: A Concise Introduction to Research in Management and Business Consultancy, Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann (ebook available via Myilibrary)
Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2007) Research Methods for Business Students, London: Pearson (ebook available via Myilibrary)
Via Emerald, ABI INFORM/Global and Scopus
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