Study Abroad and Exchanges



BUS2039 : Research Methods in Theory (Erasmus/Study Abroad students Sem 1)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module is designed to provide students with the conceptual knowledge necessary to undertake advanced level research in the area of business and management studies. It focuses on the nature of research in the social sciences , examining its philosophical underpinnings, its different approaches, and its ethical implications.

Outline Of Syllabus

Research Methods in Theory,
•       research philosophies and approaches
•       research questions,
•       nature of quantitative and qualitative research
•       research design
•       research ethics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminars.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS2018Research Methods
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module underpins the final year dissertation/business consultancy project and the assessment is directly related to this. Lectures and guided reading of texts provide the basic theoretical structure of the materials to be covered which are then supported by skills development in the workshops and other sessions subsequently applied in the assessments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Individual written assignment (2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An assignment is necessary in order that exchange students can fully complete the module before Christmas.

Reading Lists