MMM070-Study and Research Skills: Sources, Methods, and Practice

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Peter Scott


Summary module description:

To strengthen students’ ability to make best use of the learning opportunities during the MSc degree course. To provide students with an understanding of what is required to perform well in essays, dissertations, report writing and examinations at the University of Reading. To provide students with an awareness of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature reviews and original research in a Masters dissertation/project.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module you should be able to: assemble a literature review on a given topic which provides a synthesis and critical analysis of the relevant literature; produce a well crafted essay as part of module assessment and examinations; understand the main methodological questions concerning research in management and the social sciences; appreciate the different main approaches towards the integration of theory into a research project; assess the suitability and usefulness of alternative sources of data for the analysis of research questions; compose a research proposal outlining a research project suitable for a Masters level dissertation; produce an original dissertation, which critically analyses a particular research question and examines this question using appropriate data and methodology.

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Outline content:
Lectures, seminars, and workshops covering essay and exam skills, learning styles, specific research methods, and the M.Sc. dissertation and project.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and classes, plus computer practicals.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 16 0
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study 92 78
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00 0.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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