- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Laurence Smith
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 15 hours plus 15 hours module orientation (distance learning), 80 hours directed and independent distance learning via a range of student activities, 40 hours assessment preparation
- Teaching period
- Semester 1 or 2
This module will enable the student to undertake learning and research from “getting back to studying” to MBA/MSc level. The focus will be on developing critical thinking to enhance the research process. Over all training will include specific methods/techniques appropriate for application to professional and management practices. The module will facilitate the development of research competencies – particularly those related to data collection and analysis that enable the student to design, undertake and evaluate independent research in organisational and industry settings.
This module will be integrated throughout the students’ study of the discipline based modules and will incorporate the development of academic skills, research competencies and guidance on how to communicate and present research outcomes and, where appropriate, proposed recommendations.
The module will ensure that students have the skills required to identify the resources needed to conduct a self-managed piece of research work, how to find these online and how to utilise them. It will provide the opportunity for students to examine different research philosophies and approaches and to identify their own preferences within the range of research options applicable to the agri-business sectors that they wish to investigate. The students will then go on to develop their critical thinking skills through activities based on recognising bias, critical reading and being able to extract and synthesise information. The module will cover research and business planning methodologies including problem definition, formulating and clarifying research objectives and questions. This will be followed by an examination of the qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis that can be utilised within research and business studies. The module will also explore the different ways of presenting findings and research outputs and the importance of critical reflection, evaluation and review of the research process.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Evaluate their current core study skills and show self-awareness of areas needing improvement
- Develop an understanding of the critical thinking needed to analyse and evaluate other research work (academic or industry)
- Formulate an awareness of the different methodologies and approaches needed within the research process.
- Synthesise a research plan that specifies a knowledge gap that needs further study using a justified framework.
|First Sit||Coursework: Research proposal for a dissertation or applied project (2000 words)||50%|
|First Sit||Coursework: Reflection piece on why the proposal is necessary and their motivation to study it. (1000 words)||50%|
|Referral (capped at 40%)||Cousework: Research proposal for a dissertation or applied project (2000 words)||50%|
|Referral (capped at 40%)||Coursework: Reflection piece on why the proposal is necessary and their motivation to study it. (1000 words)||50%|
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