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LUBS5988M Research Design and Analysis

15 creditsClass Size: 400

Module manager: Hilary Kane

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LUBS 5395M on MSc Management, MSc Global Innovation Management, MSc Global Supply Chain Management, MSc Information Systems and Information Management

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 in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.
The module will 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
- Philosophical arguments, and the strengths and weaknesses relating to quantitative and qualitative methodologies
- Appropriate research designs and methods for developing and testing theory in a range of applied contexts
- Qualitative analytical techniques
- The ethical implications of differing research designs and relate these to professional codes of practice

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 and quantitative data sets

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


1. Research Process and Research Philosophy
2. Literature Reviews
3. Case Study Research
4. Interviews: Theory and Practice
5. Ethnography and 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

Practical tutorials 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; professional ethics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)149.00

Private study

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

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your 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 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: 29/04/2024 16:16:23


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