2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
LUBS5954M Critically Assessing Research
15 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Stefania Romano
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe aim of this module is to develop the critical writing and evaluation skills which are essential for academic success in modern business schools, while also supporting PhD-related work and the conversion of that work to academic journal output. During the course of two workshops, you will explore the theory and practice of developing, structuring and writing a critical academic literature review and evaluation in the social sciences, which you will then apply to a key empirical and/ or theoretical debate in your own disciplinary subject area. You will also attend and participate in each of five separate 2-hour lectures, each hosted by a different Division of the Business School. Here an experienced senior researcher will discuss a controversy in their own field, in terms of its motivation, methods of resolution and types of evidence. You will reflect on this by comparing and contrasting with your own parallel review and evaluation of the controversy you have selected for your own field. Through this exposure to the wider research culture of the School, you will not only learn more about the larger research environment in which you are working, you will also learn to recognise what is specific and what more generic in your own field. This will further enhance your ability to write critical reviews and evaluations.
ObjectivesTo equip postgraduate research students (PGRs) with critical writing skills for the skilled evaluation of academic papers and core contemporary debates in their own disciplinary field.
At the same time students will have exposure to the broader LUBS-wide research culture in order to facilitate reflection on what is specific and what is more generic about the issues at stake within their own disciplinary debates.
The module will help foster future academic success, as well as developing writing skills and sensitivities for high-quality PhD-related work and conversion for peer reviewed indexed journals.
Upon completion of this module students will:
- be able to explain the practice of developing, structuring and writing critical academic literature reviews in the social sciences
- demonstrate an ability to identify and comprehend key theoretical and/ or empirical debate within their chosen academic discipline
- recognise the value of a broader understanding of what is specific to a disciplinary debate, based on structured exposure to a wider research culture and an accompanying reflective commentary
The syllabus comprises two half-day workshops, five lectures and online seminars.The group as a whole will attend and participate in both the workshop and lectures.
Two half-day workshops: Explore the theory and practice of developing, structuring and writing a critical academic literature review and evaluation in the social sciences, to a professional academic standard. Based on these workshops each student will select a key debate from their own discipline for review and evaluation, to apply what they learn in the workshop to their thesis. (Guidance will be given on the number of papers to include, and the criteria for selection.)
Face to Face Lectures: Each participating division (economics, international business, management, marketing and WERD) will host a 2-hour lecture in which an experienced senior researcher from the division briefly introduces the kinds of research undertaken in the division in question, before discussing a controversy in their own field and how the issues there appear from the viewpoint of motivation / methods/ and evidence. Based on this each student will write a short reflective commentary exploring whether/ how this has influenced their views on what the key issues are in the particular controversy they select for critical review and evaluation in their own disciplinary area. This will be done after each lecture as part of the reflective log.
On-line Webinars: Online seminars will be held where students can interact and seek feedback on progress as well as participate in group learning and Q&A with the module leader.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||130.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyThis could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackYour teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Literature Review||3,000 words||80.00|
|Reflective log||1,000 words||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Reflective log: Alongside the literature review the student will submit (as above) a 1,000 word reflective commentary informed by the speciaist lectures. Advice will be given on keep a running reflective diary during the two half-day workshops. When combined with regular essay type assignments reflective logs (journals) are a powerful learning tool as long as the aims of the task are clear from the outset. (see also Stevens, D., & Cooper, J. (2009). Journal keeping: how to use reflective writing for effective learning, teaching, professional insight, and positive change. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publications. WorldCat: http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/646821096) The essay is a 3,000 word literature review, and is identical in structure and form to main assessment literature review task. For the re-sit we would require a full 3,000 word review.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 10/08/2021
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