NBS8901 : Research Methods (Dual Award)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module is derived from NBS8372 and designed to specifically provide the 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 enquiry based learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will enable the student to develop a comprehension of the nature and scope of advanced research in Business and Management. It focuses on research leading to the production of your Master's thesis project and covers key skills areas, including, ethics, effective research management, research proposals, research design and strategy-making, initial thoughts on data collection and research methods, writing at an academic, analytical and evaluative level. 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 completion132:0032:00This relates to both of the assignments.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00To be utilised to address the requirements of the module & wider reading around the course materials
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 proposal1M40Outline of Research Proposal (1000 words)
Essay1M60Literature review (2000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFear 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.
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.

Reading Lists