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NBS8269 : Research Methods for Business and Management Dual Award

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jiayao Hu
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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 quantitative research in the area, and the social sciences 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 good 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 quantitative 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, ethics, effective research management, research proposals, research design and strategy-making, data collection and research methods, recording and interpretation of results and writing up. It is practical and interactive with a focus on quantitative methods, employing research case-studies and weekly readings to help you develop a good working knowledge of both the literature and research practice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00time for students to complete formative and summative coursework and assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00PiP seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00PiP PC workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion11:001:00Assignment clinics
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
NBS8062Research Methods
NBS8372Research Methods (OLSCM)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, guided reading of texts and set formative exercises provide the basic technical structure of the materials to be covered which are then supported by skills development in the workshops through discussions and small group exercises.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M100A 2000 word individual assignment – full proposal
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MPresentation on and feedback on ideas during seminars
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment will assess whether the students can apply the theories and techniques developed in lectures to their own plans and research proposals.

Reading Lists