NBS8269 : Research Methods for Business and Management Dual Award

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 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

Problem definition and classification
Theory, conceptual modelling and causality
Research methodology and research design
Research methods, data and data analyses: validity reliability, transparency
Effective risk management

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00N/A
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 3000 word individual assignment – full proposal
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2MFor each workshop allocated students will be required to present their work as directed by the module leader
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