BUS2018 : Research Methods

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


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Lab-based sessions in library skills and Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis techniques.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Consultancy Project Seminars.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS2039Research 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
LBU2018Research Methods1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M50Individual 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.

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