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MN20414: Research project

[Page last updated: 23 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Group Assignment 1 (CW 25% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
  • Group Assignment 2 (CW 75% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: After taking this module you must take MN20021
Learning Outcomes: Students successfully completing the unit will have shown their ability to:
i) understand the epistemological positions and methodological approaches adopted by management researchers.
ii) critically evaluate the literature and define a research question in a relevant area.
iii) write a proposal for a successful research project.

Aims: To create the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of management research and to put that learning into practice.

Skills: Intellectual:
* Appreciation of the complexities of designing research questions and data gathering. (TFA)
* Understanding of the relevance and limits of research studies in advancing the practice of management. (TFA)
* Data Collection (TFA)
* Analysis and Presentation of results (TFA)
Key skills:
* Management of time (FA)
* Management of information (esp. on-line) (TFA)
* Extended Writing (A)

Content: Taught sessions will cover: nature of academic research and the research process; carrying in out a literature review and defining a research question; philosophy of research and research designs; issues in designing, conducting and analysing quantitative and qualitative research methods (including interviews, focus groups, case studies, experiments, surveys, mixed research); ethical issues; writing research.

Programme availability:

MN20414 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

School of Management
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