Module title: Research Skills for Managers

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

Module code: SOE11410
Module leader: Sarah Sholl
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

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2017/8, Trimester 3, Online,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: N/A
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Valerie Egdell
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general
introduction to the topic and how to study the module online, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will
also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support
your learning. A mix of reflective exercises and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit will engage
you in the learning process. The online materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and your learning. You will
be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the VLE through discussion forums.
To support learning, you will have access to:
• A weekly ‘virtual office hour’ – module leaders will be available for synchronous contact.
• Module specific materials which will comprise of the undernoted:
• A module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points.
• Eleven units of learning - an introductory unit, followed by ten subject specific units.
• Narrated PPTs, covering key learning points for each unit.
• Podcasts/vodcasts further explaining key concepts (where appropriate)
• Recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate).
• Two online discussions instigated and moderated by the module leader.
• Self-Assessment Questions.
• Reflective Exercises.
• Links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc.
• Examples of assessments - & outline solutions.
• A database of Frequently Asked Questions.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

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 substantive 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.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a research based study of a particular problem. The nature of the
module allows you to undertake an investigation which might be relate to your future employment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 200
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= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 1, Online,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sarah Sholl
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module online, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit will engage you in the learning process. The online materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and your learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the VLE through discussion forums.
To support learning, you will have access to:
• A weekly ‘virtual office hour’ – module leaders will be available for synchronous contact.
• Module specific materials which will comprise of the undernoted:
• A module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points.
• Eleven units of learning - an introductory unit, followed by ten subject specific units.
• Narrated PPTs, covering key learning points for each unit.
• Podcasts/vodcasts further explaining key concepts (where appropriate)
• Recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate).
• Two online discussions instigated and moderated by the module leader.
• Self-Assessment Questions.
• Reflective Exercises.
• Links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc.
• Examples of assessments - & outline solutions.
• A database of Frequently Asked Questions.



Formative 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 substantive 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.

This module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a research based study of a particular problem. The nature of the module allows you to undertake an investigation which might be relate to your future employment.


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 substantive 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.

This module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a research based study of a particular problem. The nature of the module allows you to undertake an investigation which might be relate to your future employment.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 200
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, Online,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sarah Sholl
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module online, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit will engage you in the learning process. The online materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and your learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the VLE through discussion forums.
To support learning, you will have access to:
• A weekly ‘virtual office hour’ – module leaders will be available for synchronous contact.
• Module specific materials which will comprise of the undernoted:
• A module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points.
• Eleven units of learning - an introductory unit, followed by ten subject specific units.
• Narrated PPTs, covering key learning points for each unit.
• Podcasts/vodcasts further explaining key concepts (where appropriate)
• Recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate).
• Two online discussions instigated and moderated by the module leader.
• Self-Assessment Questions.
• Reflective Exercises.
• Links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc.
• Examples of assessments - & outline solutions.
• A database of Frequently Asked Questions.


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

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 substantive 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.

This module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a research based study of a particular problem. The nature of the module allows you to undertake an investigation which might be relate to your future employment.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 200
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
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:
Research Skills for Managers