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2015/16 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5582M Research Methods

15 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Gulbanu Kaptan
Email: G.Kaptan@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Pre-requisite qualifications

LUBS 5580M Quantitative Analysis or learning judged equivalent

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

This course aims to give participants a sound grounding in research methods at the level necessary to: 1) facilitate their undertaking of a research project to meet the requirements of the dissertation, and 2) allow them to use and evaluate research methods in a business environment.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module participants will be able to:

- critically evaluate alternative research methods
- locate and evaluate relevant literature for a project
- compare and evaluate potential data collection methods
- compare and evaluate potential data analysis methods
- evaluate research strategies, data collection methods and data analysis methods in the context of a particular project
- use these evaluations as the basis for the design of a research project and the development of a research proposal

Skills outcomes:

Transferable

- analytical skills
- critical thinking skills
- research skills

Subject specific

On completion of this module students will be able to:

- Design a research project and write a research proposal
- Evaluate alternative research approaches and select different approaches depending on desired project aims

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

- Design a research project and write a research proposal
- Evaluate alternative research approaches and select different approaches depending on desired project aims


Syllabus

Indicative content:

- Undertaking a Research Project
- Stages in the Research Project
- Research Approaches & Strategies

- Reviewing the Existing Literature

- Data Collection
- Secondary data
- Interviews
- Questionnaires
- Observation
- Experiments

- Data Analysis
- Qualitative Analysis
- Quantitative Analysis:
(using quantitative techniques in an example mini project)

- Writing a Research Proposal

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lectures102.0020.00
seminars101.0010.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Post-lecture reading: 44 hours
Seminar reading and preparation: 42 hours
Examination revision: 34 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Participants will receive verbal feedback during lectures and in seminars.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Research Proposal1500-2000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Resit is by examination.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Resit is by 2 hour unseen examination for overall resit of the module (as the research proposal will already be being used for the dissertation by the time results are known)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/05/2017

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