(LO1) Appreciate the nature of research and the research process in both academic and more practical, applied management contexts.
(LO2) Be aware of the variety of available information sources, and assess their utility in informing both academic and applied management research.
(LO3) Distinguish between primary and secondary information and develop a critical awareness of research methods and techniques relating to the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.
(LO4) Be able to determine the appropriateness of a range of methods for data collection and data analysis to meet research objectives, thereby becoming an informed user of management information.
(LO5) Evaluate, select, and justify appropriate research methods in a chosen area of study, in order to ensure that the evidence generated, its analysis and conclusions drawn are valid, reliable and ethical.
(S1) Adaptability. Students will need to be highly adaptable as they learn about qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in the lectures and put this learning into practice in learning activities and planning a research project.
(S2) Problem solving skills. Research issues can be viewed as problems to solve. This module will enable students to review data, analyse the data and consider how findings can solve the research questions. Students will learn the theory in lectures and put this into practice as they do learning activities and write their assignments.
(S3) Numeracy. The quantitative lecture/s will focus on numeracy – how to identify and interpret datasets.
(S4) Commercial awareness. Students are asked to choose an organisation or industry for their proposals (individual assignments), so this will develop their commercial awareness as they learn more about a specific commercial environment.
(S5) Teamwork. Students will undertake group work and group discussions.
(S6) Organisational skills. This module has a number of components and organisation is key to producing a written research proposal.
(S7) Communication skills. Assessed formally via written assignment and developed in seminar classes.
(S8) IT skills. Developed through data review and analysis.
(S9) Lifelong learning skills. This is encouraged throughout the module, particularly as students use their knowledge in future work environment and apply the skills they learn in this research module.
(S10) Ethical awareness. There are many ethical issues which students need to consider with respect to collecting and presenting data and these will be discussed during lectures and seminars. Students will be expected to have demonstrated an understanding of this in the work they present.