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School of Management, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

MN50491: Research apprenticeship development

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW100
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Supplementary assessment information not currently available (this will be added shortly)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To develop further learning and skills gained in first semester MRes units, most particularly by the development of work comprising the Short Research Apprenticeship Project. Hence, for example, an initial Short Research Apprenticeship Project perhaps comprising a preliminary literature review might be developed into a more elaborated synthesis of theory and extant evidence to generate propositions, formalizations, or a meta-analysis. A continuing aim will be to support students, within an active research community, in identifying, investigating and presenting their own original research questions on a fairly substantial scale, and within a fixed time period, with the intention of assisting in the formative development of subsequent Initial Research Proposal.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, the students should be able further to:
* understand principles of research design and appreciate alternative approaches to research;
* understand the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design and the selection of appropriate analytical techniques;
* show competency in the use of particular research designs and techniques within their own specialist discipline or subject area;
* produce a Report of academic and professional merit that defines and answers a research question/questions using relevant theory and data.

Intellectual skills
* define and answer a research question;
* demonstrate knowledge of the relationships between, and the rationale for, particular qualitative and quantitative research methods and be able to select appropriate strategies for research and/or evaluation;
* develop and present an original and coherent answer;
* support the overall argument with relevant empirical data;
* develop rigorous arguments through precise use of relevant concepts, models and illustrations;
* understand and apply concepts of generalisability, validity, reliability and replicability.
Professional practice skills
* develop, apply, test and hone professional practice skills taught in the research methods units of the programme, depending on the particular nature of the Research Apprenticeship;
* understand issues posed by social research in relation to ethics, confidentiality and legality;
* have a good command of language skills where appropriate;
* present the Report in a written form that conforms to acceptable standards of presentation and expression;
* complete the assignment within the agreed deadline.
Transferable/Key skills
* writing, presentation and dissemination skills;
* bibliographic skills including library and other sources;
* research management skills, including time, personnel and resources planning and monitoring;
* language skills where appropriate;
* ability to work independently.

Any area of management research for which an adequate level of supervision can be offered. The nature of the Research Apprenticeship Development is that students 'learn-by-doing', and so they will be expected to demonstrate their ability further to define a research question, design and conduct original research and produce a research report that conforms to acceptable standards of presentation.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

MN50491 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
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