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Unit information: Management Research Methods in 2021/22

Unit name Management Research Methods
Unit code EFIM20025
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. McCarthy
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to provide an understanding of the basic research methods used in management research. It enables students to explore the purpose and appropriate use of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and to develop skills in the critical reading of research and in research design. The unit covers research philosophy, reviewing literature, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, sampling, data analysis and explores issues around the ethics of research. This prepares students for the design of their research projects for their final year dissertation but also provides a basis for engaging with existing academic literature in a more sophisticated and critical manner through an understanding of the theory, philosophies and processes that underpin this research.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe a range of issues related to research methods in management
  2. Explain and discuss the key principles of both qualitative and quantitative research and related aspects of research design
  3. Locate, analyse and synthesise a body of literature related to a focal management topic
  4. Develop a research question, set out the principles and processes of designing a viable research project and provide a rationale for the selection of their approach/method(s) through the evaluation of different methodological approaches
  5. Demonstrate a reflexive and critical assessment of the ethics of their proposed project

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information

Summative: 2500-word individual assignment (research proposal) - 100%. Formative: peer and self-assessment in synchronous classes and on discussion boards and one individual piece of submitted work


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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