PE7022 - Research Methods

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will engage with preparatory materials that will enable you to design a substantive research-based investigation in your discipline area. This student-led, independent study allows you to synthesize and apply previous learning and experience, and build upon existing academic, research and personal skills.

Aspects will include:

* Engagement with the purpose and process of research.

* Searching for, managing and evaluating potential sources for inclusion in a literature review.

* Identification and refining of appropriate research questions, leading to the development of a research question and creation of a

research study proposal.

* Critical appreciation of research theory, approaches, methods and ethics, to inform effective research design.

* Development of knowledge and skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

* Practical application of ethics in research.

You will develop your skills as autonomous, reflective learners in support of the process of completing the dissertation.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning in this module is through actively engaging with the research process through defining your own study objectives, the

parameters of the research, identifying and evaluating relevant literature and initiating the design of an appropriate research.

In this module you are empowered as partners in the learning process, taking responsibility for your own learning. The self-directed aspects of

this module are supported by guidance at the module level, provided via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This will subsequently lead

to one-to-one supervision within your Research Based Study module, although in the development of your research proposal, module tutor

guidance will be available within Research Methods module, by means of one-to-one interaction and use of the tutor-supported discussion

board allowing you discussion opportunities with both the module tutor and fellow students.

Module information ensures that you have a clear understanding of what is required at the outset of the module. A theoretical overview of the

research process provides the basis for the learning materials in this module. Engaging with the materials (including PowerPoint, audio and

video formats), undertaking interactive tasks, and following up directed reading, will provide a framework for informing and justifying your

decisions in relation to your own study.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be an autonomous, self-motivated learner within a supportive distance learning environment.

Each module session follows a similar structure of Learn, Explore Further and Apply. All learning materials and resources are accessible via

our virtual learning environment.

A range of approaches are adopted to accelerate your learning in this module.

During the first week of this module, you will receive information about the module and Teaching & Learning Plan.

The teaching and learning plan outlines the formal subject themes and signposts the tutor-directed study and student-led independent weekly

activities. An interactive approach to your development will draw upon the directed and independent learning undertaken.

The module tutor provides generic module guidance in various formats via the VLE. This includes an introductory video from the module tutor

as well as a module handbook, guides to aspects of the process (e.g. supervision), and an evolving tutor-supported module discussion board,

which will allow you to regularly interact with the module tutor and fellow students. The module tutor provides regular updates via the VLE

throughout the process of completing this module, alongside support and the development of student interaction through the discussion


Learning materials are provided via the VLE in relation to the different aspects of the research process, using a variety of PowerPoint, audio

and video methods. Interaction with these modules, as well as directed and independent reading, will develop your understanding of the

research process which you can then apply to your individual study. The university library provides additional support in terms of research

skills as well as identifying literature in relation to your chosen topic. It also provides specific e-resources including access to numerous

academic journals in electronic format.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding: * MLO1: A critical evaluation of the purpose and process of research. Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities: * MLO2: Define a researchable problem, establishing aims and objectives and research methodology. * MLO3: Identify and critically evaluate relevant literature. * MLO4: Design a programme of research. Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA): * MLO5: Demonstrate the capacity for independent working, critical reflection and autonomous decision making, initiative and creativity in problem solving, and effective project management.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: Engaging with tasks in the learning materials will provide formative feedback in terms of general understanding of the research process. In relation to the development of your specific study, the supervision process facilitates ongoing dialogue with opportunities for formative feedback. Summative assessment: There is one component of summative assessment. 1. Research Study Proposal Accounting for 100% of the overall mark, this assignment requires you to present your plans for your Research Based Study at an interim stage in the process (including aims and objectives, an initial overview of the literature, planned empirical research design and proposed timetable). It tests MLO1, MLO2, MLO3, MLO4 and MLO5. The word length of this study proposal is 4000 words. As a result of this coursework, you will receive summative feedback which can be used to inform the ongoing evolution of your Research Based Study.




PE7023 – Research Based Study

Module abstract

You will design a substantive research-based investigation in order to address a self-selected, authentic work based or professional/practice

related problem within your discipline area. This student-led, independent, preparatory module allows you to synthesize and apply previous

learning and experience and develop your understanding of the research process. Through actively engaging with the research process you

will explore ways in which knowledge is created and contribute to new knowledge. This challenging and rewarding enquiry based module is

supported through module information and learning materials about the research process on the VLE, and, crucially, this will lead to the

Research Based Study module where, through one-to-one supervision (supported through scheduled Blackboard Collaborate sessions in

which you will be able to “video-conference” academic tutors), you will be provided with the opportunity for personal dialogue and guidance in

developing your research skills and critical thinking.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years Part-Time Distance Learning

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start Upcoming Intakes - July 2024, October 2024

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