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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2014/15 Module Cap
Tied to N1A060
Tied to N1A260


  • None.


  • As specified in the Special Regulations.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop the advanced knowledge and skills needed to design and implement a research project in business/management at doctoral level.


  • Identifying the research question;
  • Designing and implementing the research project;
  • Analysing and writing up the results;
  • Identifying potential difficulties and how they might be overcome.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students should:
  • be able to identify theoretically relevant research questions;
  • be able to identify ways in which those questions might be addressed.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students should have:
  • enhanced their acquisition of the advanced skills necessary to access, collect and analyse data and summarise the results.
Key Skills:
  • By the end of the module students should have further enhanced their acquisition of the advanced skills needed to plan, implement, report, and manage a programme of research.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, guided reading, group and individual exercises including the use of case studies.
  • The assessment of the module, by research proposal, is designed to test students’ ability to identify a relevant research question, and how it might be addressed using appropriate advanced research skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 hours in total 10
Practicals 8 hours in total 8
Preparation & Reading 132
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Research proposal 4000 words (maximum) 100%

Formative Assessment:

Student presentations, case studies, feedback on performance in practical classes.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University