NBS8372 : Research Methods (OSCM/OMLA)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

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 completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading152:0052:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00PC workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:0052:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the basic technical structure of the materials to be covered.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1M15Outline of Research Proposal (1000 words)
Essay1M35Literature review (2000 words)
Research proposal2M50Research proposal (2000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFeat of failure exercise which is mapped and modelled in Excel and the results shared back to the students.
Written exercise1MAnalysis of a sample initial previous initial proposals exercise.
Computer assessment2MOngoing assessment of student progression during 3x3 hour IT Lab sessions where students are supported through a number of exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Both these assignments will assess whether the students can apply the theories and techniques developed in lectures to their own plans and research proposals.
In semester 2 the ongoing assessment of student progression during 3 x 3 hour IT Lab sessions where students are supported through a number of exercised using advanced Excel and SPSS. Interventions occur to support students so that equal progression occurs across the group. Learning checks as summative assessment are linked to suitable progression of each student in addressing set tasks.

Reading Lists