Learn to conduct valid research, present credible findings and useful recommendations to organisations.

Recommended learning hours: 30

Unit aim: To be able to conduct valid research, present credible findings and useful recommendations to organisations.

Assessment type: Project

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the process for aquiring new information using research
  2. Be able to undertake management research.

Every successful candidate can at the end of this unit:

  1. Explain the different approaches to management research
  2. Recommend and describe an appropriate research methodology
  3. Select an appropriate research methodology for a given situation
  4. Conduct a research project
  5. Report research results and draw reasoned conclusions
  6. Reference research data sources using recognised methods.

Indicative content:

  • Research methods
  • Terms of reference for a research project
  • Developing and testing theories
  • Application of data collection to business research
  • Use of libraries, the internet, interviews, questionnaires and other sources of information
  • Case studies of research projects
  • Drawing conclusions, comparing results with the aims and presenting the results
  • Presentation of inconclusive results and organization of references to the work of others
  • Dealing with copyright material in all forms of media and giving credit to the work of others
  • Risks to research findings including assumptions, bias and inappropriate conclusions
  • Referencing methods: Harvard reference scheme.