Module title: Research and Study Skills

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE07105
Module leader: Matthew Dutton
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Matthew Dutton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Use of a combination of online, flexible and face-to-face teaching methods to provide learning materials, student support and assessment.

Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Students take control of their learning as individuals and in collaborative teamwork and will be supported in their development as learners. They will reflect on their approaches to studying, learning and communicating as part of a portfolio of evidence. Use of computer packages and IT will allow students to access, retrieve, interpret, communicate and present business information effectively. Peer-reviewed work and group-based assessments will encourage students to integrate with their peers and reflect on their student experience with classmates and how these skills are transferable to real-life business situations.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Key employability skills will be developed and enhanced through the practical experiences associated with assessments and contribution to team goals and objectives. Critical reflection of the learning process will allow students to focus on potential improvements and how to strengthen their understanding of practical business skills. Students will be exposed to the importance of academic rigour in terms of sourcing relevant information, structuring this information to support their own work, and communicating this effectively through a variety of media.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Formative assessments include evidence of information retrieval and the production of a business-related, research based project. Group work will involve the planning, design, and execution of an information gathering technique, together with the interpretation and communication of relevant findings. A series of tasks based on software packages will enhance students’ IT skills.

Students will have an opportunity to reflect on their learning experiences as they relate to contemporary business skills in a summative exercise at the end of the module.

Research/ teaching linkages
Students are engaged in research throughout the module, to support their work through accessing and retrieving relevant academic material, and with the undertaking of a group project based on primary research in their subject area.

Supporting equality and diversity
Collaborative work is undertaken in tutorials so that students can experience input from diverse cultures and real-life experiences. Group work allows teams of students to design how research is conducted in practice and encourages them to pull together their combined skills to greatest effect.

Contemporary business issues are explored throughout the module as they apply in the UK and emphasis is placed on how these may differ in other parts of the world.

Formative Assessment:

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 32
Independent Learning Guided independent study 132
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 1,2 4 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 40 3,4,5 9 HOURS= 0.8, WORDS= 0
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 4,5 11 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 40 1-6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will develop a portfolio of key research and study skills required on any business related programme that will assist you in your academic study while at university and prepare you for the practicalities of the modern business world. Existing skills will be enhanced and new research skills will be learned to enable you to confidently undertake assessments on other modules and at higher levels within your programme of study.
Learning, reflection, personal organisation and team skills
Critical writing, communication and presentation skills
Information searching and retrieval
Business essays and reports
Information collection, analysis and interpretation
Illustrating data, summary measures and statistics
MS Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel), SPSS statistical processing

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Identify, search and retrieve relevant academic and business related information
LO2: Acknowledge supporting material and evidence in written work and present in an effective manner
LO3: Communicate effectively in a range of media whether working alone or as part of a team
LO4: Demonstrate familiarity with primary information collection techniques, analytical tools, interpretation and presentation
LO5: Demonstrate ability to work and learn in an IT environment with a range of software packages
LO6: Organise, prioritise and reflect on their studies and learning as an individual and as part of a team

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SOE07105 - Research and Study Skills