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School of Management, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

MN50492: Initial research proposal

Click here for further information Credits: 30
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Dissertation period
Click here for further information Assessment: DS100
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Supplementary assessment information not currently available (this will be added shortly)
Click here for further information Requisites: This unit is only available to students on the Integrated PhD in Management.
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To assist candidates systematically (i) to identify and develop a workable PhD research question, (ii) to relate that question to relevant literature, (iii) to develop a cogent and coherent thesis that addresses the research question, (iv) to develop propositions or hypotheses to examine that thesis, (v) to explore, evaluate and justify appropriate and feasible research methodologies to investigate propositions/hypotheses, and (vi) to critically reflect on all the foregoing as an initial research proposal to subsequently possibly to comprise in a revised form part of the basis of the MPhil/PhD transfer examination.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, the students should be able to demonstrate the skills listed below.

Knowledge and Understanding
* demonstrate a good knowledge of the literature on the chosen research question
* present independent analysis, argument and/or application of theory in a coherent fashion
Intellectual skills
* define a researchable question/focus
* integrate evidence to support arguments
* appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of existing literature
* develop and present a detailed argument in an original or stimulating way
Professional practice skills
* identify and access relevant information sources
* understand and apply in a correct fashion key research presentation skills such as referencing, bibliographical information, comprehensible tables and diagrams
* communicate arguments in a coherent and interesting manner
Transferable/Key skills
* apply research management skills such as time and resource planning and monitoring, archiving of data
* develop good writing, presentation and dissemination skills
* competency in the presentation of research propositions/hypotheses.

Any area of research for which an adequate level of supervision is available and can be offered.
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MN50492 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
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