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NBS8646: Management Inquiry and Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elizabeth Alexander
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 999 student places

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your critical and appreciative understanding of the principles, practices, and importance of management information and its analysis to enhance your ability to conduct rigorous research and to reach sound analytical conclusions, which can form the basis for the development of effective practice in management.

The module will cover why and how we do research (evidence, study design) and specific methods of analysis (including interpretation of results).

Students will acquire skills in data acquisition and management, analysis and interpretation, and communication of findings to different audiences.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:

  1. Management information – its importance, planning, formulating research questions
  2. Introduction to approaches to qualitative and quantitative research
  3. Introduction to different types of evidence, evidence quality, and using evidence in research
  4. Searching for evidence (electronic databases, key words, inclusion and exclusion criteria)
  5. Introduction to data analysis
  6. Communication of research to different audiences

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Workshops 10 1:00 10:00

Whole class, interactive sessions

Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Small group teaching 3 2:00 6:00 Skills labs
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Drop-in/surgery 2 1:00 2:00 Assessment support
Structured Guided Learning Structured research and reading activities 10 1:00 10:00 Online materials to support methods learning
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 1 25:00 25:00 n/a
Guided Independent Study Independent study 1 47:00 47:00 n/a
Total 100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
  1. Workshops will introduce the core concepts and guide student learning in developing knowledge and understanding.
  2. Small-group sessions will provide learning related to the techniques of management inquiry and to skills development in the use of appropriate software.
  3. Drop-in/surgery activities will provide opportunities to support development of the assessment and to review performance.
  4. Students would be expected to engage in online structured guided learning to reinforce and prepare for workshop tasks that align to the assessment in this module.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Report 1 1 M 100 Content in relation to formative gateway tasks - 2000 word max.
Formative Assessments
ComponentSemesterWhen SetComment
Prob solv exercises 1 1 M Gateway preparation tasks for the workshops, connected to components of the summative assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The content of the summative report will have a close connection to the formative tasks, to enable students to build their learning and demonstrate their skills across the topics covered in course.