Module title: Research Skills for Managers

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE11138
Module leader: Moira Hughes
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

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2018/9, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Moira Hughes
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their aligment to LOs
This module will introduce and build on your existing research skills, taking a more critical stance of the approaches adopted in academic and business research. Core reading and activities are used throughout the module, with learning focussing on the workshops, supported by moodle.
Embedding employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Based on elements of the Chartered Management Institute's core management skills, the material introduced within the module will permit you to critically analyse a range of situations and deploy the skills acquired to make more informed choices and decisions. The synthesis and evaluation of data and information, together with skills to communicate effectively, ensures that these transferable skills represent a sound basis for personal and professional development.
Research/Teaching Linkages
Lecturers involved in the module are involved in scholarly activity and research in their specialist field and feed this experience into the online materials. The workshop materials are underpinned by relevant research, with recommended reading from appropriate textbooks or articles as detailed in the moodle materials.
Supporting equality and diversity; internationalisation
This module is delivered via workshops and moodle support, being designed in line with accessibility guidelines. All students have access to materials with scenarios relating to ethical considerations incorporating equality and diversity issues. Workshops, online materials are integral to the module and support your learning and development.

Formative Assessment:
The outline research template will be formatively assessed and is designed to allow the early allocation of supervisors. In doing so, supervisors will provide (formative) feedback on the outline research template and assist you in producing the more substantive Research Proposal.

Summative Assessment:
The Research Proposal will be summatively assessed and should detail the area of investigation, aim and objectives, initial literature review, proposed research approach and planned timescale of your subsequent MBA project

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1-3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Moira Hughes
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their alignment to LOs.
This module will introduce and build on your existing research skills, taking a more critical stance of the approaches adopted in academic and business research. Core reading and activities are used throughout the module, with learning focussing on the workshops, supported by Moodle
.
Embedding employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Based on elements of the Chartered Management Institute's core management skills, the material introduced within the module will permit you to critically analyse a range of situations and deploy the skills acquired to make more informed choices and decisions. The synthesis and evaluation of data and information, together with skills to communicate effectively, ensures that these transferable skills represent a sound basis for personal and professional development.

Research/Teaching Linkages
Lecturers involved in the module are involved in scholarly activity and research in their specialist field and feed this experience into the online materials. The workshop materials are underpinned by relevant research, with recommended reading from appropriate textbooks or articles as detailed in the Moodle materials.

Supporting equality and diversity; internationalisation
This module is delivered via workshops and Moodle support, being designed in line with accessibility guidelines. All students have access to materials with scenarios relating to ethical considerations incorporating equality and diversity issues. Workshops, online materials are integral to the module and support your learning and development.


Formative Assessment:
The outline research template will be formatively assessed and is designed to allow the early allocation of supervisors. In doing so, supervisors will provide (formative) feedback on the outline research template and assist you in producing the more substantive Research Proposal.

Summative Assessment:
The Research Proposal will be summatively assessed and should detail the area of investigation, aim and objectives, initial literature review, proposed research approach and planned timescale of your subsequent MBA project

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1-3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Moira Hughes
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their aligment to LOs
This module will introduce and build on your existing research skills, taking a more critical stance of the approaches adopted in academic and business research. Core reading and activities are used throughout the module, with learning focussing on the workshops, supported by moodle.
Embedding employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Based on elements of the Chartered Management Institute's core management skills, the material introduced within the module will permit you to critically analyse a range of situations and deploy the skills acquired to make more informed choices and decisions. The synthesis and evaluation of data and information, together with skills to communicate effectively, ensures that these transferable skills represent a sound basis for personal and professional development.
Research/Teaching Linkages
Lecturers involved in the module are involved in scholarly activity and research in their specialist field and feed this experience into the online materials. The workshop materials are underpinned by relevant research, with recommended reading from appropriate textbooks or articles as detailed in the moodle materials.
Supporting equality and diversity; internationalisation
This module is delivered via workshops and moodle support, being designed in line with accessibility guidelines. All students have access to materials with scenarios relating to ethical considerations incorporating equality and diversity issues. Workshops, online materials are integral to the module and support your learning and development.


Formative Assessment:
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Summative Assessment:
The outline research template (summative) is designed to allow you to present the basis of your proposed research topic and allows the early allocation of supervisors. In doing so, supervisors are able to provide (formative) feedback on the outline research template and assist you in producing the more sustantive Research Proposal (summative) detailing the area of investigation, aims and objectives, initial literature review, proposed research approach and planned timescale of your subsequent MBA project.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Face To Face Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 10 1-3 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Report 90 1-3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 10
Component 2 subtotal: 90
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Moira Hughes
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their alignment to LOs.
This module will introduce and build on your existing research skills, taking a more critical stance of the approaches adopted in
academic and business research. Core reading and activities are used throughout the module, with learning focussing on the
workshops, supported by Moodle
.
Embedding employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Based on elements of the Chartered Management Institute's core management skills, the material introduced within the module
will permit you to critically analyse a range of situations and deploy the skills acquired to make more informed choices and
decisions. The synthesis and evaluation of data and information, together with skills to communicate effectively, ensures that
these transferable skills represent a sound basis for personal and professional development.
Research/Teaching Linkages
Lecturers involved in the module are involved in scholarly activity and research in their specialist field and feed this experience
into the online materials. The workshop materials are underpinned by relevant research, with recommended reading from
appropriate textbooks or articles as detailed in the Moodle materials.
Supporting equality and diversity; internationalisation
This module is delivered via workshops and Moodle support, being designed in line with accessibility guidelines. All students
have access to materials with scenarios relating to ethical considerations incorporating equality and diversity issues.
Workshops, online materials are integral to the module and support your learning and development.

Formative Assessment:
The outline research template will be formatively assessed and is designed to allow the early allocation of supervisors. In doing
so, supervisors will provide (formative) feedback on the outline research template and assist you in producing the more
substantive Research Proposal.

Summative Assessment:
The Research Proposal will be summatively assessed and should detail the area of investigation, aim and objectives, initial
literature review, proposed research approach and planned timescale of your subsequent MBA project

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1-3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The content of this module is informed by the Chartered Management Institute’s ‘Chartered Manager Skills’, as well as the academic requirements of the MBA programme. The focus of this module is to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to prepare you for a range of challenges in your academic and professional career.
Specifically, the emphasis is on developing research skills that will equip you with the expertise to undertake relevant and topical research allied to your MBA Project. The core material covers:
a) critiquing academic and practitioner research from a range of published sources,
b) developing tools and techniques for writing a critical literature review,
c) methodological considerations,
d) research design,
e) research ethics,
f) qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection,
g) manual and computer-based techniques of data analysis and,
h) evaluating and communicating your research.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Critique a range of literature sources with the aim of developing a critical literature review for a selection of academic and management projects.
LO2: Critically identify and evaluate research methodologies, together with relevant methods and techniques for the collection and analysis of data.
LO3: Demonstrate a critical awareness of your own practice in conducting a research study in terms of typical ethical, political and individual dimensions of business research.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SOE11138 - Research Skills for Managers