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MS3553: RESEARCH METHODS FOR BUSINESS (2019-2020)

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Course Overview

This course introduces students to what is involved in undertaking research into business phenomena. It introduces philosophical issues in the theory of knowledge, ethical issues in research conduct, and considers quantitative and qualitative methods in turn, addressing issues in sampling and design, details of specific approaches, and considerations in data analysis. The course is taught through weekly lectures and an extended two hour tutorial every fortnight, with two pieces of coursework and a two hour written exam. The emphasis throughout is on understanding the conceptual underpinning of different methods, and their strengths and limitations in research.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Karolina Kazimierczak

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will introduce and develop the following aspects:

  • Philosophical frameworks underpinning research approaches
  • Research strategies for the design and conduct of research projects
  • Ethical constraints and considerations in social science research
  • Alternative sampling strategies and their benefits and limitations
  • Quantitative methods, such as structured questionnaires and content analysis
  • Qualitative methods, such as participant observations and ethnography
  • Consideration of mixed methods and pragmatic concerns with research

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MA Accountancy-Real Estate
  • MA Business Management
  • MA Information Systems and Management
  • MA Management Studies
  • Management Studies Major

Contact Teaching Time

42 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35

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Summative Assessments

Exam

Exam Type Summative Weighting 60
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Project Plan, Summary or Abstract

Exam Type Summative Weighting 40
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Feedback

Written feedback is given on the written summative assignment. Continuous oral feedback is given in tutorial exercises, tutorial presentations and in class discussions. Assignments are submitted through MyAberdeen/Turnitin and are available to the external examiner.

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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

Exam Type Summative Weighting 100
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Course Learning Outcomes

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