Core Module Information
Module title: The Role of Philosophy and the Literature Review in Advanced Business and Management Research

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

Module code: SOE11624
Module leader: Janice McMillan
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management

There are no prerequisites required.

Description of module content:

This module will enable you to develop a sound understanding of the main philosophies of science underpinning business and management research and conduct a scholarly review of the literature relating to a planned area of research.

The module provides you with the philosophical foundations for research methods training and introduces you to key branches of the philosophy of science such as ontology, epistemology, axiology and aetiology. It covers a range of research philosophies, including positivism, interpretivism and critical realism to consider your methodological implications and influence on potential contributions to knowledge and practice. The module also provides you with a methodological framework to define the scope of the literature review relating to a research area of interest and determine the feasibility and value of undertaking a more comprehensive review whilst keeping in view the philosophical position from which it is to be conducted.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the key branches of the philosophy of science and their relevance to advanced business and management research.

LO2: Critically examine a range of research philosophies underpinning business management research and consider their methodological implications and influence on contributions to knowledge and practice.

LO3: Assess the meaning and purpose of a scholarly literature review and gain an understanding of how to develop academic writing skills and arguments while adhering to a professional referencing/bibliographic style.

LO4: Define the scope of the literature review relating to a planned area of research by locating it in its theoretical and practical context, mapping the range of relevant information sources.

LO.5 Identify where the gaps and innovative approaches exist and articulate valid research questions/ hypotheses in line with the chosen philosophical position.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janice McMillan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The LTA approach is rooted in the premise that the development of a sound knowledge of the role of philosophy and the literature review is critical to effective business and management research. The module will be facilitated by research active academics with relevant expertise inputs from colleagues and guest speakers with relevant expertise and from doctoral students who are able to share their experiences of applying research philosophies and the literature review in their own work. The module will be run in workshop format over three days and based on a participative and learner-focused pedagogical approach – where you will be encouraged to participate in debates and conversations which will enable you to develop an understanding of the main philosophies underpinning business and management research.

Formative Assessment:
A formative presentation of the proposed research philosophy will be undertaken in class.

Summative Assessment:
The assessments are summative and will include a 2500-word essay (50%) on research philosophy and a 2500-word scoping literature review (50%).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Seminar 24
Online Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1-2 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Essay 50 3-5 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100