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NBS8901 : Research Methods (Dual Award)

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jiayao Hu
  • Lecturer: Mr Vajira Balasuriya, Dr Josephine Go Jefferies
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module is derived from NBS8372 and designed to specifically provide Dual Degree students with the necessary teaching, to allow the student to comprehend research philosophy, methodology, methods, ethics and risk management required to undertake advanced-level research in Business and Management. The module focuses on the nature, types and philosophical stances of research in the various areas of Operations Management, and the social sciences in general, examining the study skills necessary to manage and undertake a research project. The module provides students with opportunities to become familiar with the critical importance of empirical and theoretical research in Business and Management. Such skills are intended to provide a good foundation for undertaking additional research methods teaching during S2 in Groningen and the construction of a thesis at an advanced MSc level which allows students to synthesise between theory and antitheses as a result of their own inquiry-based learning.

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, 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 in focus, 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework & assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00PiP seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00PC lab session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion11:001:00Assignment clinic
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
NBS8062Research Methods
NBS8372Research Methods (OLSCM)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, and PC lab sessions are designed to give students a thorough overview of research methodologies and opportunities to hone practical skills as well as knowledge.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1M100Dissertation Research Proposal (2000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1MFeedback on research ideas during seminars.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The research proposal will assess whether students can apply the theories and techniques developed in lectures to their own plans and research proposal.
The formative assessment aims to help students to identify and consolidate their research ideas and directions.

Reading Lists