ICM116-Understanding Management and Financial Research

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Jim Steeley

Email: j.steeley@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:


Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to
?Explain the steps involved in drafting a Masters or PhD thesis
?Determine the appropriate form and content for such a thesis
?Describe the types of research that are conducted in the social sciences
?Critically evaluate research in various sub-fields of management research
?Draft a review of an area of literature in their subject area
?Discuss various ethical issues that may arise when conducting research
?Present a seminal study and act as a discussant for an additional study

Additional outcomes:
?Develop presentation and communication skills including time management.

Outline content:
1Searching for literature in a particular field.
2Writing a dissertation or thesis.
3Drafting a literature review.
4Research ethics.
5How to make research presentations
6How to orally discuss other researchers’ presentations

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be expected to contribute to the discussion of the material which will be presented in a relatively informal format. For the first five weeks, the module convenor will present material and lead the discussion. In the second half, students will then present and discuss seminal studies in their sub-field, with the module convenor acting as a Chairman.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Other information on summative assessment:
Presentation of seminal study
Discussion of another study
Written literature review

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of the research literature review.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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