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Postgraduate Course: Supervised reading: Methods 1 (CMSE11443)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course focuses on methodological issues specific to the student's research project. Specific attention will be paid to the strengths and weaknesses of existing research designs and strategies as applied to the topic of investigation.
Course description The content will be decided in discussion between the student's supervisor and the student. The topics should inform the intended research area of the doctoral thesis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 186 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A written report of not less than 5000 words and 200 hours of average student work. The written assignment may be thought of as a refined version of the initial research proposal methods discussion. Particular emphasis should be given to the ┐empirical┐ and ┐fieldwork┐ focus of the PhD project. The student should provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches as considered relevant for their proposed research It should review the different kinds of research designs and methods that have been deployed on the phenomena under study. Content and structure of the reading assignment may vary from this with the supervisor┐s agreement.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Reflect critically on the methods and strategies as related to the topic of study.
  2. Comprehend the principles of research design and strategy related to the student┐s discipline.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to synthesise and ┐harness┐ selected literatures.
  4. Demonstrate independent action and initiative.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to manage tasks and deadlines.
Reading List
The readings will be decided in discussion between the student's supervisor and the student. The readings should inform the intended research area of the doctoral thesis.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills -ability to take personal responsibility and grasp opportunities for self-development
-an awareness of the evolving nature of methodological debates, how methods develop and are renewed
-a commitment to personal and continuing professional development and lifelong learning
-effective skills in and use of ICT and library resources
-effective time management skills
-effective reading and writing skills
Course organiserDr Neil Pollock
Tel: (0131 6)51 1489
Course secretaryMrs Lindsey Singleton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5307
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