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LUBS5395M Research Design and Analysis

15 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Linhao Fang

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23


LUBS5381MThe Psychology of Effective Organizations

Module replaces

LUBS 5389M Research Design and Analysis

This module is not approved as an Elective


The aim of this module is to provide students with an overview of the key issues in research design and the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. It will introduce differing research approaches, design and analysis techniques necessary for conducting research in organizations.

The module aims to use lectures, discussions, practical exercises and assessments to support students in developing their ability to select appropriate research designs, methods and analytical tools to test competing ideas and theories.

This module offers students the necessary grounding in research methods to undertake academic and practitioner research – a key skill for scientific-practitioners.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to critically assess:
- The stages involved in designing applied research studies and the key decisions that need to be made
- The philosophical arguments, strengths and weaknesses relating to quantitative and qualitative methodologies
- Appropriate research designs and methods for testing theory in a range of applied contexts
- Qualitative analytical techniques
- Description of quantitative data
- The ethical implications of differing research designs and relate these to professional codes of practice

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have developed the skills necessary to:
Subject specific:

- plan and design research studies to explore theory and assumptions
- gather data and information in practice
- analyse qualitative data sets and describe quantitative data

- report research results in a clear and consistent way
- think critically and to contrast competing ideas


Indicative content:

The module contributes to stage 1 of the QOccPsych.

1. Research Process & Epistemology
2. Literature Reviews & Meta Analysis
3. Case Study Research
4. Interviews: Theory & Practice
5. Ethnography & Observation
6. Analysing and Reporting Qualitative Research
7. Questionnaire Design
8. Research Design and Descriptive Statistics
9. Correlation and Simple Regression
10. T-Tests and ANOVA
11. Research Ethics

Practical sessions and seminars will be included to reinforce learning and to support application in the Dissertation project and professional practice. Indicative topics covered include: qualitative analysis; statistics (using SPSS); literature searching; research proposal writing, and; professional ethics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours122.50
Total Contact hours27.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students complete a weekly top hat quiz in seminars to test their learning of the previous week's lecture.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3,000 words coursework

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/09/2022


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