MQM3RAS-Research and Analytical Skills for Boards

Module Provider: Marketing and Reputation
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Nada Kakabadse

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Students will learn to critically consider and refine their board level governance challenge question. An overview of philosophical bases, methodology and methods typically found in the social sciences is shared - including qualitative and quantitative approaches to inquiry/research.  This supports awareness of the linkages between guiding theory, data, analysis, findings and interpretation along with role and impact of researcher within the research process.  Relevant practical and ethical research challenges at the board level will be considered. Students will develop core research/analytical skills and techniques to facilitate self-directed rigorous inquiry/research of a board level governance issue, dilemma and challenge. 


The module aims to develop director/board research and analytical skills for board level research. Whilst this module has zero university credits, it has significant relevance and weighting towards the qualification. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students should be able to: 

  • Identify a range of different research methods and analytical skills relevant to conducting science research at board level. 

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of methodological principles 

  • Evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of different research methods 

  • Justify how different research methods can be used to address research 

Additional outcomes:

To clarify and apply research and analytical skills for constructing and defending a research project at board level.? 


  • Summarise research practices in the wider context of the philosophies of?social sciences? 

  • Integrate the ways in which research leads to knowledge?creation? 

Outline content:

The module will introduce and provide a clear conceptual framework for more applied research in social sciences. Students will examine a variety of approaches to research (both quantitative and qualitative) and assess their advantages and disadvantages for particular research problems. Data collection and data analysis techniques will be introduced, with students conducting practical exercises and analysis of published papers to reinforce learning. A key element of the module is the development of students’ critical capacity to select appropriate research methods and to justify these choices. 


  • Introduction to board level research 

  • Analytical skills for board directors 

  • The governance challenge question 

  • Research design and tools 

  • Philosophies and methodological approaches  

  • Qualitative inquiry approaches 

  • Quantitative research approaches 

  • Practical research challenges and strategies for board ethics, behaviour and governance This module is designed to allow for multiple delivery points. 

Global context:

Private, Public and Third sector boards international governance contexts and at multi-level. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be taught by academic staff, reflective of their specialism. The lectures/workshop will include: 

  • PowerPoint presentations 

  • Interactive Q&A 

  • Individual exercises 

  • Problem solving opportunities 

  • Work based and active learning opportunities 

  • Group exercises combining theory and practice to support facilitated& nbsp;learning  

T&L approaches and exercises will cater to individual/differentiation needs by including range of lower and higher ability questions and facilitated interactive Q&A as part of scaffolding. Each student will have opportunity to contribute to their own diary as part of the learning experience. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 60
    Wider reading (directed) 30
    Peer assisted learning 10
    Advance preparation for classes 10
    Carry-out research project 40
    Essay preparation 20
    Reflection 10
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


Formative assessment methods:

Engagement with class activities; interactive Q&A. 

Penalties for late submission:

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

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Mandatory attendance and participation

Reassessment arrangements:

Attendance at next available session 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Required text books  £60


Last updated: 8 April 2021


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