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Unit information: Management Research Methods in 2021/22

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Unit name Management Research Methods
Unit code EFIMM0149
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Kasia Zdunczyk
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This core unit aims to introduce students to management research within both an academic and practice-based setting and how they compare. It will enable students to explore the purpose, value and appropriate use of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods and the philosophies which underpin them.

The unit provides an introduction and overview to the complete research process from formulating research questions to data collection, analysis and write-up. It will also consider research ethics and research project management.

This unit is designed to prepare students for their subsequent research projects later in the Teaching Block.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  1. examine a given situation with a view to identifying an appropriate research question and associated research objectives
  2. select a research methodology appropriate to a research question and objectives
  3. design a viable research project and provide a rationale for their research approach and design
  4. demonstrate a reflexive and critical assessment of the ethics of their proposed project

Teaching Information

10 hours lectures. 5 hours tutorials

Assessment Information

Summative assessment takes the form of a 1500-word research proposal (including a short summary). Students will also be asked to reflect upon their proposal to consider why or why not it might be suitable for a dissertation type project.

There will be an opportunity for formative assessment throughout the classes as students work in small group to share and present their work. Students are expected to provide and receive critical and constructive feedback from their peers. Throughout the aim is blend working on substantive management research challenges with academic perspectives and sources.

All ILOs are covered.


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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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