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MN50166: Methods of management research

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To help students as potential managers to appreciate the value of management research in decision making, to judge the value of other persons' research efforts, and to plan and execute their own research.
To introduce the research methods necessary to successfully undertake an advanced level management research project. Its specific focus is preparation for research-based projects: from topic and methods selection, through the research process (e.g. how to combine what is already known with novel primary data), to writing up the results.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will be able to:
* develop and defend an interesting or novel set of questions and an appropriate set of methods to investigate those questions;
* make judgements about what to include/exclude in producing a critical literature review;
* demonstrate awareness of the potentially contradictory methodological and theoretical frameworks that can be selected;
* understand the practical challenges of collecting and analysing data using different methods, (including reflection on any ethical issues raised);
* use a referencing system (e.g. Harvard) with consistency and accuracy.


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) (Taught/Facilitated).
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesise written information from multiple sources (T/F/A).
* Ability to formulate a research question (T/F/A).
* Ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data (T/F/A).
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F).

The nature and scope of management research, selecting research questions, supervision, secondary data, structured literature reviews, primary data collection techniques, the questionnaire, the purpose of qualitative research, qualitative techniques, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, the presentation of research findings.
'Master classes' together with proposal surgery sessions will be available to act as a discussion platform and provide feedback on initial ideas for the assignment (ie. the topic) and discuss possible supervision.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50166 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
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