Core Module Information
Module title: Research and Data Analysis

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE08107
Module leader: Megan Crawford
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

N/A

Description of module content:

This module introduces you to the nature of research and data in business management. It aims to help you develop a portfolio of research and data analysis skills. These skills will enable you to confidently understand and critically analyse various datasets and prepare you for the practicalities of the modern business world. The indicative content for the module includes:

Nature of research - what is it and why do we do it?
Quantitative and qualitative data collection
Primary and secondary data and research
Analysing and visualising data
Interpreting data, framing arguments, and making recommendations
Writing an empirically-backed report
Preparing and delivering a group project

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop a research study using a standardised research process
LO2: Apply appropriate data collection methods to your study
LO3: Recognise which data are most appropriate for primary and secondary research
LO4: Advance personal skills using software to analyse and visualise data
LO5: Analyse different forms of data to produce research results
LO6: Interpret, summarise, visualise, and discuss research results

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Megan Crawford
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a series of lectures, IT labs, student-led presentations and research conversations during tutorial discussions. Students will be encouraged to read/ prepare in advance and participate in discussions. A combination of online, flexible and face-to-face teaching methods will be used to provide learning materials, student support and assessment.

Students will be encouraged to take control of their learning as individuals and in collaborative teamwork and will be supported in their development as learners. Academic support is provided by the lecturers and tutors covering material in lectures and tutorials, being available to answer questions in tutorials, and suggesting a range of readings from which the students can explore topics in greater depth. They will reflect on their approaches to studying, learning and communicating as part of a portfolio of evidence. Peer-reviewed work and the 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.

Key employability skills will be developed and enhanced through the practical experiences associated with assessments and contribution to team goals and objectives. The use of computer packages and IT will allow students to access, retrieve, analyse, interpret, communicate and present business information effectively Critical reflection of the research process will allow students to focus on potential improvements and how to strengthen their understanding of practical research skills. Students will be exposed to the importance of academic rigour in terms of sourcing relevant information, analysis structuring this information to support their own work, and communicating this effectively through a variety of media.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be given in each tutorial session as students will be engaged in discussion of different stages of the research process based on published academic papers and research methods textbooks relevant to the module.
As part of their exam preparation, students will present their understanding of the materials and receive feedback/forward from the tutors and also, where appropriate, from their peers.
A series of tasks based on software packages will enhance students’ numeracy and IT skills. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on their learning experiences as they relate to contemporary business research in the summative exam at the end of the module.
Feedback and feedforward on the Coursework (group poster presentation and research report) will be returned to students in advance of the final exam.



Summative Assessment:
Group work will involve the planning, design, and execution of a business-related research project together with the interpretation and communication of relevant findings. Teams of students will be encouraged to pull together their combined skills to best effect. Summative assessment of this project will be through the submission of written report and delivery of an oral poster presentation.

An individual final exam will assess students wider understanding of the research methods and data analysis approaches covered in class.

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 6
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 32
Independent Learning Guided independent study 138
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 10 LO4; LO5; LO6 8 HOURS= 00.00
Project - Written 30 LO2; LO3; LO5 9 , WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 LO1; LO4; LO5 13 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
VIEW FULL DETAILS
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Megan Crawford
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a series of lectures, joint IT labs and tutorial discussions, and student-led reports. You will be encouraged to read and prepare in advance, and participate in discussions. A combination flexible and face-to-face teaching methods will be used to provide learning materials, student support, and assessment.

You will be encouraged to take control of your learning as individuals and in collaborative teamwork, and will be supported in your development. Academic support is provided by the lecturers and tutors covering material in lectures, tutorials, and labs by being available to answer questions and suggesting a range of readings from which you can explore topics in greater depth. You will reflect on your approaches to studying, learning and communicating as part of a portfolio of evidence. Peer-reviewed work and the group-based assessments is aimed to encourage you to work with your peers and reflect on your experience with classmates, and how these skills are transferable to real-life business situations.

Key employability skills will be developed and enhanced through the practical experiences associated with assessments and contribution to team goals and objectives. The use of software packages and IT will allow you to access, retrieve, analyse, interpret, communicate and present business information effectively. Critical reflection of the research process will allow you to focus on potential improvements, and how to strengthen your understanding of practical research skills. You will be exposed to the importance of academic rigour in terms of sourcing relevant information, analysis, structuring this information to support your own work, and communicating this effectively through a variety of media.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be given in tutorial/lab sessions as your group develops and launches your pilot study. You will engage in discussions on the different stages of the research process and data collection methods, based on published academic papers and textbooks relevant to the module. Feedback/forward will be provided by tutors and, where appropriate, from yourself to your peers, and vice versa.

A series of data analyses based on software packages aims to enhance your numeracy and IT skills. You will have opportunities to reflect on your learning experiences as they relate to contemporary business research in the summative report at the end of the module.

Summative Assessment:
Group work will involve planning, designing, piloting, redrafting, executing, and reporting a business-related research study themed around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The first component will include groups submitting a report that communicates research-based justifications, methods, data, and results from your pilot. Feedback will be provided to support the second component of your summative assessment. The second component will be conducted individually, building from the group work. Individual submissions will include the final section of the report, where you will interpret the results from your group's report analyses, include appropriate data visualisations, and reflect on the research process.

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 6
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 32
Independent Learning Guided independent study 138
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 60 LO1-5 10 , WORDS= 2000
Report 40 LO4-6 13 , WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Research and Data Analysis