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NBS8062 : Research Methods

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Josephine Go Jefferies
  • Lecturer: Dr Jiayao Hu, Mr Vajira Balasuriya
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module is designed to provide students with the necessary training to undertake advanced level research in Business and Management. The module has two aspects. First, it focuses on the nature of research in the area, and the social sciences (philosophy of science) in general, examining the study skills necessary to manage and undertake a research project; and secondly, it provides students with opportunities to be familiar with the important empirical and theoretical research in Business and Management. Such skills are intended to provide a central foundation for undertaking a dissertation at an advanced level.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of the nature and scope of advanced research in Business and Management. It focuses on research leading to the production of your Master's dissertation project and covers key skills areas, including, research proposals, the philosophy of science underpinning research design and strategy-making, data collection and research methods, recording and interpretation of results and writing up. It is practical and interactive in focus, employing research case-studies and exploring the academic role of the research project in a student's career.

Lecture topics include:
Library Research Skills
Research philosophy and ethics
Developing a Literature Review and research questions
Qualitative methodology - design, data collection methods and analysis
Quantitative Methodology & Research Design
Quantitative methods - Data Collection: Sampling Techniques and Survey Design
Writing a Research Proposal (including Ethics)

Practical workshops include:
Operationalising Qualitative Research Methods - developing good practice.
Qualitative Data - Analysis and Interpretation (Nvivo)
Quantitative Data Analysis and Interpretation (SPSS) part 1 & 2

Small group seminar sessions give opportunities to check understanding and progress and help to prepare for assessments.

Individual sessions with nominated dissertation supervisors to support assignments.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00Initial and Full Research Proposal
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00PIP Lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1021:00102:00Subject-based and Methods Literature
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Seminars. PiP. 1 in each semester
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Present in Person Practical Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:004 x 2 hour PIP computer lab sessions on NVIVO & SPSS = 8
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion21:002:00Assignment support
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
NBS8372Research Methods (OLSCM)
NBS8269Research Methods for Business and Management Dual Award
NBS8901Research Methods (Dual Award)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A combination of lectures and workshops (that combine lecture materials with practical exercises) are designed to give students a thorough overview of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and opportunities to hone practical skills as well as knowledge.

Regular opportunities to check understanding and progress are also provided via Drop-in surgeries and seminar classes.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1M20Assignment 1: Initial Research Proposal (1000 words)
Research proposal2M80Assignment 2: Full Dissertation Proposal (3000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1MPresentation of and feedback on ideas during seminars
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Both these assignments will assess whether the students can apply the theories and techniques developed in lectures and practical seminars to their own plans and research proposals.

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