BUS2018 : Research Methods
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Professor Stephen Procter
- Demonstrator: Mrs Angela Mazzetti, Mr Joshua Haist
- Lecturer: Dr Oliver Mallett, Dr Wubiao Zhou
- Other Staff: Mr Robin Brown
- Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value:
Semester 2 Credit Value:
This module is designed to provide students with the conceptual knowledge and the practical techniques necessary to undertake advanced level research in the area of business and management studies. The module has two aspects. First, it focuses on the nature of research in the social sciences , examining its philosophical underpinnings, its different approaches, and its ethical implications. Second, it provides students with the basic skills and techniques needed to carry out their own research or consultancy project.
Outline Of Syllabus
Research Methods in Theory,
• research philosophies and approaches
• research questions,
• nature of quantitative and qualitative research
• research design
• research ethics.
Research Methods in Practice
• conducting a literature search
• writing a literature review,
• collecting and analysing quantitative data
• collecting and analysing qualitative data
• business consultancy techniques
• writing a research proposal.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||64:00||64:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||6||1:00||6:00||Lab-based sessions in library skills and Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis techniques.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||Consultancy Project Seminars.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|BUS2039||Research Methods in Theory (Erasmus/Study Abroad students Sem 1)|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
This module underpins the final year dissertation/business consultancy project and the assessment is directly related to this. Lectures and guided reading of texts provide the basic theoretical structure of the materials to be covered which are then supported by skills development in the workshops and other sessions subsequently applied in the assessments.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research proposal||2||M||50||Individual written assignment (1500-2000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The more theoretical aspects of the module will be assessed on the basis of a written examination at the end of Semester 1. Understanding of the application of research techniques will be assessed on the basis of an individual research proposal to be submitted at the end of Semester 2. This will also provide the basis for the dissertation that students are able to do in their final year.