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:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Alfonso Dufour
Email: a.dufour@icmacentre.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module examines the steps involved in carrying out a PhD at the ICMA centre.


This module aim to equip new PhD students with clear understanding of the necessary requirements for obtaining a PhD at the ICMA centre.

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 li terature 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, time management and communication skills.

Outline content:

1 Searching for literature in a particular field.

2 Writing a dissertation or thesis.

3 Drafting a literature review.

4 Research ethics.

5 How to make research presentations

6 How to orally discuss other researchers’ presentations

Global context:

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.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 30
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Preparation for presentations 40
    Preparation for seminars 40
    Essay preparation 40
    Reflection 10
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 200

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  1. Presentation of seminal study and discussion of another study

  2. Written literature review of about 5000 words (due in week 1 or 2 of the spring term).  

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of the research literature review.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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