MWM023-Research Skills for Managers

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 5 [2.5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Peter Scott


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module covers the main research methods relevant to business and management, together with all the steps involved in undertaking a research project, from definition of the research problem to writing up the findings.

•To provide students with an understandings of the main research skills necessary to undertake an original piece of research at Masters of Business Administration level.
•To give students an awareness of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature reviews, and original research in a MBA dissertation or business project.
•To enable students to produce a piece of original research (applied or theoretical).

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will develop an understanding of the research process and the main challenges encountered in undertaking a research project. Their skills with regard to organising and executing such a project will be enhanced. Skills regarding the collection and analysis of data, the surveying and synthesis of existing literature on a topic, the application of theoretical models to practical questions, and the preparation and production of substantial reports will also be improved. They will also be able to produce a structured research proposal.

Additional outcomes:
Students will also develop team working skills through completion of group work, as well as IT skills and presentations skills.

Outline content:
•The nature and practice of research
•The literature review process and the composition of a literature review
•The nature and role of methodology in management research
•The role and application of theory in management research
•Quantitative and qualitative data sources
•Data analysis and writing-up research findings

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module uses a blended-learning approach, incorporating self study, face-to-face workshop(s) and online tutor support. Key module content will be delivered in half-day (4-hour) workshops. These workshops comprise a mixture of content delivery, discussion in class and break-out into group sessions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 7 10 3.5
Guided independent study 18 18
Total hours by term 25.00 28.00 3.50
Total hours for module 56.50

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

1,000 word research project, for submission in week 36.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the standard University policy.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
Assignments: Pass / Fail

Reassessment arrangements:

Students who fail to pass this module will be reassessed by resubmission of the project/dissertation proposal. Date of resubmission to be advised by Programme Admin.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 9 May 2018


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