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MS3553: RESEARCH METHODS FOR BUSINESS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 14 Jul 2022 16:20


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 Peter Morgan

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

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

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week27
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 29, 31, 33, 35

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Research Proposal (40%)

Alternative assingment (60%)- two short essays of approximately 1000 words each 

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resit failed element

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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