Core Module Information
Module title: Research Design in Business and Management

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

Module code: SOE11625
Module leader: Maura Sheehan
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites required.

Description of module content:

This module will support your understanding of the purposes, objectives and attributes of successful research design and its application to your research degree project. You will develop skills allowing you to: identify initial information needs in commencing your project and to critically evaluate potential research methodologies for undertaking your research. Further, you will select appropriate and feasible research methods, and to justify the approach taken in your own context while developing and enhancing your academic independence and communication skills.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1 Critically assess the purposes, objectives and attributes of a successful research design for undertaking a post graduate research (PGR) degree project
LO2 Critically evaluate the nature of initial information needs in commencing a PGR degree project
LO3 Select appropriate and feasible research method(s) and critically evaluate the approach taken
LO4 Critically evaluate and understand the significance of ethical considerations when designing survey instruments and collecting data

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: Maura Sheehan
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LTA Approach:
The module will be facilitated in workshop format over a three day period based on a participative/learner focused approach to enable you to develop knowledge around research methodology to apply to your own research project.
The module will be led by two experienced research active staff, with inputs from senior colleagues with appropriate expertise.

The assessments are summative taking the form of an enhanced research proposal (50%) and methodological report (50%). A formative presentation of the research proposal will be undertaken in class.


Formative Assessment:
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Summative Assessment:
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Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Face To Face Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2,5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Report 50 3-5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100
2022/3, Trimester 2, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Maura Sheehan
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is delivered live, online and in a workshop format over a three day period. All content is recorded, to enable you to review module content whilst you develop the empirical component of your PGR degree project. The module combines theory and practice whilst the workshop format facilitates highly interactive sessions with input and debate between you and the teaching team. Breakout rooms will facilitate critical discourse and enhance your understanding of LOs 1 and 2. You will present your proposed research methodology(ies) - providing a clear rationale for your selection - at a 'round-table' consisting of the teaching teams and fellow students where you will engage with critique and receive developmental feedback (LOs 3 and 4).


Formative Assessment:
The workshop format and interactive sessions facilitate continuous formative feedback throughout the module. The 'round-table' provides an opportunity to receive personalised feedback.

Summative Assessment:
Assessment 1, due in Week 11, is a report outlining a plan for a Pilot Study of your PGR degree project. The outline plan for your pilot study should include details of how you propose to undertake your pilot study. Based upon your reflection of the module content and feedback received at the 'round table', you will refine and finalise a short plan for your pilot study.
Assessment 2, due Week 15, is a Research Methodology Report and covers LOs 3 and 4.

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


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 20 1,2 11 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1000
Report 80 3,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Research Design in Business and Management