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NBS8268 : Quantitative Methods for Business Research

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susan Addison
  • Lecturer: Dr Shoaib Ul Haq
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to introduce students to quantitative research methods used in organisational analysis and management research and writing. This module aims to explain commonly used statistical terms and methods, demonstrate how to interpret findings and provide students with the knowledge and skills to critically appraise research methodology.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics to be covered include (1) research objectives and contexts appropriate to the use of quantitative research methods; (2) scientific method; (3) sampling strategies and issues; (4) development and validity of measures (5) survey of advanced statistical methods for discovering associations between variables; (6) correlation and regression. Effective use of several quantitative research methods is illustrated through a close reading of research papers drawn from several disciplines in management and social sciences.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00PIP lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will take place within the guided practical sessions to introduce ideas and provide knowledge of methods and terminology. Practical sessions provide the opportunity for students to work through examples. Workshops will provide the opportunity for consideration and reflection.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A100A 2000 word individual assignment.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative assessment provides students with the opportunity to have formative feedback on their understanding of the quantitative methods and techniques generally. The individual written report provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to make decisions about what research to trust, how to conduct research, how to improve design and how to undertake quantitative data analysis.

Reading Lists