NBS8327 : Research Methods for International Business Management

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The overall aim for this module is to arm students with the necessary skills to undertake their own research within the field as well as understanding and being able to evaluate contemporary research published in academic journals. This will predominantly be achieved through a series of practical applications focused on research issues highlighted within the other core modules.

Outline Of Syllabus

Developing a critical literature review
Defending research design
Sampling distributions
Using secondary data
Methods of data collection
Techniques of quantitative analysis
Techniques of qualitative analysis

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading135:0035:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study117:0017:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module combines lectures with practical sessions to give students knowledge and understanding of all major approaches to empirical and secondary analysis and to allow students to apply them in practical tasks, thereby fostering formal learning in class as well as self-directed independent and peer learning. The combination of the lectures and practical sessions enables both the theoretical underpinning as well as the practical applications of the learning outcomes to be delivered effectively.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002000 word critical evaluation
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MResearch the researcher: Students interview an academic about one of their journal articles and prepare a group presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment task has been designed to ensure that students have a strong grasp of the content covered in the module and also to establish that students can work independently. The assessment ensures that the students can interpret the findings from relevant empirical analysis as well as appreciating the limitations of that research.

Reading Lists