LBU3143 : Independent International Business Research Project

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


The purpose of this module is to enable students to undertake a piece of original research in the area of international business management. The module has the following aims:

1. To allow student to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout the programme of study in the development of an independent research project.
2. To strengthen students in the development of critical thinking about events, organisations and
stakeholder dynamics in international business management.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction to research in international business management
2. Identifying a research topic and formulating a question
3. Literature Review
4. Research proposal and research project
5. Qualitative Research Methods (Parts 1 and 2)
6. Quantitative Research Methods (Parts 1 and 2)
7. Project management and submitting your report

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion501:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading441:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching72:0014:00Groups of normally 20
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study701:0070:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will focus on providing the foundations for students to undertake independent work. This will be complemented by seminar sessions where students will discuss the process of conducting research and bounce their ideas to their seminar group under the guidance of a seminar tutor. After students have worked in semester 1 strengthening their understanding of research in IBM, during semester 2, students will be supported in the development of their work through individual tutorials guided by supervisors of their project.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Research Proposal of 2000 words
Report2M807000-word written report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Given the nature of the module and the intended learning outcomes and skills, the combination of an essay and a final report seems the most appropriate assessment components. An initial assignment allows students to get feedback in relation to areas for improvement and generally the quality of their ideas and how they present them in writing. This is then followed up by the written report, which is suitable to allow students to present their analysis in a structured form.

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