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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC2302 Research Methods for Business

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Louise Kilburn

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

LLLC 2292

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will allow you to develop an understanding of the process of planning your own research. You will examine the various elements of the research process and identify the ethical considerations when developing a piece of individual research. You will develop your research skills which are relevant to any future research projects, or your professional careers or further studies in higher education


The aims of the module are to provide students with an opportunity to:
-Examine the key aspects of the research process within a business management context
-Demonstrate critical analysis skills

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate the literature in a specific topic area.
2. Apply appropriate research design and methods to a research topic.
3. Identify the ethical implications of the proposed research.
4. Develop a research proposal

Skills outcomes
As part of this module students will develop a range of digital literacy skills. Further details are provided in the module handbook.


The content will cover such areas as:
Formulating and clarifying the research question/problem/topic
How to undertake and construct a systematic critical literature review
Understanding research philosophies
The importance of ethical research
Data types and variables (Independent, dependent, and confounding) Hypothesis
Formulating the research design and deciding the research methodology
Collecting primary quantitative/Qualitative data
How to critique your own proposal
Analysing quantitative/Qualitative data and reporting findings

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Pre-lecture preparation - 27
Reading and researching – 82 hours
Assignment preparation – 40 hours
Assignment writing – 30 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A section of the literature review can be submitted in week 5 for formative feedback
A section of the research proposal form can be submitted in week 12 for formative feedback

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature Review2,500 words50.00
Research Proposal2,500 words equivalent50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:13


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