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Module Title
Research Project
Reference BSM080 Version 7
Created April 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved August 2013 SCQF Points 30
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 15

Aims of Module
To integrate project management and research skills through planning an independent research project. To provide an opportunity for the evidencing of research skills in the context of a significant theme of professional concern in Project Management. To present findings in a project management research plan format.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Formulate a Project Research Plan (PRP) and translate this to a proposal for a piece of independent research of professional concern in Project Management.
2 Undertake critical secondary research and produce a plan for the execution of primary research including the methodology in such a manner as to illustrate the synthesising of the application of knowledge, skills and understanding.
3 Present and discuss all research findings in a coherent manner through the production of an appropriate project management research plan.

Indicative Module Content
The module requires students to work to produce a project research plan comprising: initial specification; project definition including objectives, scope, deliverables; rationale (academic, personal and business); constraints, assumptions and considerations; risk factors; proposed project approach; review of key literature relevant to the project focus; justification for the proposed research approach and methodology including resourcing; consideration of appropriate techniques for data collection.

Module Delivery
The module is delivered through a series of individual tutorials by an assigned tutor. The tutorials will clarify the research process and sequence by which the module aim and learning outcomes will be delivered. first consists of lectures in which students are encouraged to select an appropriate topic. It is followed by the submission of a research/project proposal. The second phase consists of seminars/workshops held over the course of a single week that explore a range of research methodology and production techniques. The third phase is independent work supported by a project/dissertation supervisor to help, direct and monitor progress.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 100 100
Non-Contact Hours 200 200
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 300 300
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: Project research plan (PRP)

Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by one component: C1 - Coursework - 100% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60% - 69%
C 50% - 59%
D 40% - 49%
E 35% - 39%
F 0% - 34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 BRYMAN, A. and BELL, E., 2015. Business research methods. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2 CRESWELL, J.W., 2014. Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. 4th ed. London: Sage Publications.
3 EASTERBY-SMITH, M., THORPE, R. and JACKSON, P., 2012. Management research. 4th ed. London: Sage Publications.
4 SAUNDERS, M. and LEWIS, P., 2012. Doing research in business and management: an essential guide to planning your project. Harlow: Pearson.
5 SAUNDERS, M., LEWIS, P., and THORNHILL, A., 2015. Research methods for business students. 7th ed. Harlow: Pearson. ebook
6 Students shall also be required to access a range of appropriate advanced text books, journal articles, conference papers and conference papers.


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