Core Module Information
Module title: Research Methods

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

Module code: SOE11536
Module leader: Matthew Dutton
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management


Description of module content:

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 dissertation. 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:

LO1: Select and critically review relevant literature
LO2: Formulate a research problem
LO3: Design and plan appropriate research to investigate an area for a dissertation.
LO4: Assess reliability and validity of the chosen approach
LO5: Critically communicate the philosophy of research

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Michael Fascia
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Research methods will be taught over the first two trimesters via a series of lectures delivered by multidisciplinary team of staff with specialist knowledge of the subject of the lecture. These will be supported by practical workshops and online materials.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Employability is developed through research based study of a particular problem and in the development of skills to information retrieval, analyse and communication of findings. The nature of the module allows students to undertake an investigation which might be relate to their future employment.

The assessment (100%) is to produce a research proposal which will prepare the student for undertaking their dissertation. In week 4 the student will submit an outline plan of their proposed research area, this will be used to allocate a supervisor.

Research/ teaching linkages
Students are exposed to the latest development in the subject matter as part of the learning process and are required to access research papers etc as part of their assessment. Current staff research and knowledge transfer activities are relevant to the module content.

Supporting equality and diversity
Material is provided on Moodle and is also available in hard copy.
Module content is in effect designed and selected by the individual student and so it is inherent that individual needs will be met.

The module content is flexible and depending on the student’s choice of topic can be internationally based. A wide range of students from all nationalities undertake the module and can participate by bringing their own national perspectives on relevant aspects of the subject matter

Formative Assessment:

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 196
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SOE11536 Research Methods