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Postgraduate Course: Critical enquiry for business: doing and using research for management (BUST11204)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits0
Home subject areaBusiness Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course has three objectives. First, to help the student understand the research process in the field of management. Second, to facilitate them in planning, carrying out and communicating the research project that will be the basis of their Capstone Project/Masters dissertation. Third, to assist them in understanding how to read and evaluate research in the management task.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, students should be able to:&

explain the principles of research in social sciences and management studies;

plan how they define research questions in relation to their chosen topic area;

choose an appropriate research design for a management research question;

identify and critically evaluate literature in a given management field;

evaluate, select, justify and apply appropriate qualitative or quantitative data collection, presentation and analysis methods to their chosen area of research, in order to ensure that the evidence generated, its analysis and the conclusions drawn from it are valid and reliable;

use such knowledge to construct an original piece of research of their own, and develop further independent research skills as well as the skills for presenting the findings of their research in a professional manner.

Cognitive and Subject Specific Skills:

After completing this course, students should be able to:

develop research questions and objectives in a chosen research area;

critically evaluate both relevant literature and different research design and data collection/analysis methods

produce a sound research or business plan/report proposal

recognize qualitative and quantitative techniques appropriate to the analysis of some particular circumstances, understand their strengths and limitations, and choose between them.

design and implement a research project to form the basis of their dissertation or business plan/report.

Assessment Information
Assessment is by way of a 3,000 word research proposal $ whether the student is planning to write a dissertation, business plan or business report. This should

identify clearly their research question,

critically evaluate the key literature that underpins this question,

review the efficacy of qualitative and quantitative research approaches to addressing this question, and

present their chosen approach and the rationale for it.
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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Week 1:
The research process

Week 2:
Literature searching and reviewing

Week 3:
Desiging a research study, identifying and clarifying your research question, and research ethics

Week 4:
Writing your proposal and your dissertation/business plan/business report

Week 5:
Collecting qualitative research data

Week 6:
Collecting qualitative research data

Week 7:
Presenting qualitative research data

Week 8:
Collecting quantitative research data

Week 9
Analysing quantitative research data

Week 10
Presenting quantitative research data

Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordsunderstand research process for dissertation or capstone project
Course organiserProf Stephen Osborne
Tel: (0131 6)50 8358
Course secretaryMr Stuart Mallen
Tel: (0131 6)50 8071
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